Comments on: Don’t overestimate Afghanistan pessimism Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: SueSueSue Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:50:40 +0000 Could the author please verify the following claims:

child mortality has dropped by one third – and – longevity is increasing.

Independent, verifiable estimates rate a rapid increase in child mortality, at one child in four below the age of five years, and a rapid reduction in longevity, from 44 to 42 years.

Even if this is wrong, which it isn’t, I’m not sure a longevity rate of 44 years, and a child mortality rate exceeding 25 percent is anything to boast about.

Playing fast and loose with the truth is one of the main reasons we’re in this mess.

Only a politician would claim that “the truth lies somewhere in between.” !!!!!

The truth lies in verifiable data, properly collected, independently assessed and accurately reported.