Seth brought this up to me the other day: The numbers of our troops who have died or have been wounded are not being accurately reported by the media

In fact, the total death toll this time is 248 – including accidents and suicides – and as the number of non-combat deaths and serious injuries becomes more widely known, the erosion of public confidence is likely to continue, posing a threat to Mr Bush’s prospects of re-election, which at the beginning of May had seemed a foregone conclusion.