Speaking today at the State Department, US Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz said he had seen various estimates of the overall death toll of the violence in Libya, and that the toll could be as high as 30,000. The figure is dramatically higher than rebel estimates, which put the toll at 8,000 as of mid-March.
Perhaps more interesting, Cretz said that he didn’t think the US could get an accurate number “until we really get more hands-on experience on the ground.” The administration has repeatedly denied plans to send ground troops to Libya.
The tolls inside Libya are virtually impossible to verify at this point, with foreign media being kept largely sequestered from the action. Even the 8,000 toll from March was seen as surprisingly high, however, making the 30,000 toll far more than anyone likely expected.
Though still officially the ambassador, Cretz has been in DC since January, when he was recalled by the Obama Administration. Officials insisted it was unrelated, but the move came in the wake of WikiLeaks cables in which he mocked Gadhafi.
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More deaths than there would have been without US iteligent people no we are not there to save lives.It's about oil and a way to surrround countrys for the next invasion.I like people but am losing respect for citizens of the US empire for letting there government getting away with fauls flag attacts on there own people just to give them support to kill more innocents.Ron Paul can 't fix all the problems caused but he is the best start Americans have right now that will follow the constitution witch made ASmerica great.
Yeah sure, just like the "100,000 Albanians killed in Kosovo" BullS*** that the Clintonistas said.
I don't believe a single word coming form the liers in the USG.
No way has this conflict produced 500 dead PER DAY since February. Not even close.
Tally up front line deaths, Misrata, Zahwiya, air strikes and Ghadaffi's mass arrests and we're probably looking at a death toll in the range of 3,000 – 6,000, if that.
"Could be as high as" is the same weaselry as "up to 50% off", "fine lines will be visibly reduced" and other such ad-company chicanery.
As Jan Burton points out – that would be a toll of 500 a day, give or take; obviously whoever is putting this bullshit number out there is relying on the fact that most Americans can't count and only pay attention to large-ish numbers.
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