the forest for the Iraqi trees

The Associated Press story from January this year breathlessly reports that: “U.S. soldiers in Iraq are killing themselves at an unusually high rate, despite the work of special teams sent to help troops deal with combat stress.” You have to scan a lot lower in the story to read the following: “[T]he military has documented 21 suicides during 2003 among troops involved in the Iraq war. Eighteen of those were…