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Now don't overlook the fact that we've accepted more than TWICE as many as Finland!

The number of patients arriving at health facilities with cholera symptoms, which include severe diarrhea, has increased to the point that hospitals have stopped testing everyone.

I think we're missing the point, which is that those hospitals are probably freshly painted. And overflowing with ponies.

The number of patients arriving at health facilities with cholera symptoms, which include severe diarrhea, has increased to the point that hospitals have stopped testing everyone.

Is that in itself a problem? I thought that cholera treatment nowadays is largely supportive, intense rehydration while the diarrhea lasts, and that's probably appropriate for anyone with those symptoms.

The cholera epidemic is the disgrace. The progress being made in Iraq evidently doesn't include clean drinking water.

Thanks, Publius. I do not understand, however, who you are referring to when you say that "She lied." Sauerbrey, Rice, or the high commissioner?

My apologies for calling you Publius, Hilzoy. I guess Freud lives.

Hellmut: To myself, actually.

Hilzoy was saying that she "lied" when she wrote that "I feel so proud," etc. It's a way of indicating sarcasm.

It would have been slightly clearer as a clause in the same sentence, rather then separated into a separate sentence, where standing alone makes the connection to the antecedent less clear, but it's still quite definitely a colloquial expression of sarcasm.

We could probably convince them to go back home by dropping leaflets of Lieberman and O'Hanlon op-eds.

Dont they know the surge is working?

I quote from the Iraq Development Strategy, June 2005 (obtained from export.gov).

Sewage collection and treatment service in Baghdad is provided to only 80% of the population and only 9% of urban populations outside of Baghdad, while rural areas in the north of Iraq do not have piped sewage systems.

Sanitation is thus becoming a serious environmental and health problem. Deteriorating sewer pipes are contaminating the potable water network and underground water, further adding to the health and environmental problems. It is estimated that 50% of wastewater generated in Iraq is being discharged into the rivers and waterways. Baghdad contributes as much as 75% of that discharge.

Two years ago. Well, at least we are documenting.

[snark] Maybe someone misunderstood and thought purge (as in purgative) instead of surge. Since the most notable symptoms of cholera are similar to those of high doses of purgatives and given the "silent message/Chinese Whisper" communication skills so often applied by this administration, the news about the big shitting possibly reached the Cuckoo in Chief as surge working [/snark].

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