Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has suggested that the homicide rate in Baghdad is lower than that in the nation’s capital. Around Washington, those are fighting words.
Mayor Anthony A. Williams declared war against the country’s top defense official, says the Washington Post.
But it appears Rumsfeld did his math, extrapolating the District’s number of homicides last year — 262 in a city of 576,000 residents — to that of a city the size of Baghdad — 5.5 million. That’s roughly 215 murders a month.