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You're right, either Cooling meant to say "inversely" instead of "directly", or we're weeks away from choppers-at-the-embassy photos.

Whew. I thought I was going nuts. I read that paragraph five times and even double-checked the defintions of directly and indirectly proportional.

Funny you mention the helicopters on the embassy roofs. That memo leaked to the pro-war WaPo talks about Iraqis helpful to the Americans wanting to know what's going to be set up to protect them in case of withdrawal. They should talk to the Vietnamese about that. We aren't so good at that part of the equation.

Here's the article in Stars and Stripes on-line

Quote appears accurate:
“The insurgent activity is directly proportional to the force density in the area. But that force density doesn’t have to be American. That is why the Iraqi security forces are so important,”

Which means it was copied without spotting the problem. neither The Stars and Stripes people nor any of the NYT people.

LOL. Your professional stenogrophers at work.

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