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    Default Fail to understand "high single digit millions of dead"

    It seems there is a grammatical error there. But I don't know where it is.

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    “When a car doesn’t stop, it crosses the trigger line, Marines engage and, yes, sir, there are people inside the car that are killed that have nothing to do with it,” Sgt. Maj. Edward T. Sax, the battalion’s senior noncommissioned officer, testified. "

    certainly indicates "I had" could mean a direct order to shoot to kill.

    It's not like it's a first instance. The US has a long and storied history of gunning down innocent civilians. You don't get to the high single digit millions of dead from troops who care who their targets are.

    Remember the Apache helicopter murderers - something like " Serves them right for bringing their kids to a fire fight" - truly caring individuals.

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    Default Re: Fail to understand "high single digit millions of dead"

    I don't know what kind of anti-American stuff you are reading or why.

    Single digits are just that, a number expressed by a single digit. 1-9.

    High single digits are approx. 7,8,9.

    So high single digit millions of dead would be 7-9 million dead.

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    Default Re: Fail to understand "high single digit millions of dead"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know what kind of anti-American stuff you are reading or why.
    It comes from a report in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/wo...ed=2&src=twrhp

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    Default Re: Fail to understand "high single digit millions of dead"

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Fail to understand "high single digit millions of dead"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It comes from a report in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/wo...ed=2&src=twrhp
    Thanks. The inflammatory part does not seem to be in the article, but must be in the comments section.

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