### Montini Writes the Math of War is Fuzzy Math

On 21 January 2007, Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini wrote a column about an Arizona politician who uses numbers and ratios. According to Montini, "Usually, politicians avoid numbers. Numbers are so . . . exact. Even the people who want to be president have, for the most part, avoided numbers."

Montini reported that the Arizona politician wrote the following about U.S. troop levels in Iraq.

```   "With the addition of 21,500 troops there will be approximately
150,000 troops in Iraq; a ratio of roughly one soldier for every
160 people country-wide. The U.S. Army Field Manual on
Counterinsurgency suggests a ratio of one soldier for
every 40-50 inhabitants. Tal Afar is widely cited as
a successful counterinsurgency operation. There we succeeded
with a soldier-to-population ratio of roughly one to 40."
```
##### Exercises
1. Using the information given in this BAB, the approximate population of Iraq is `___________________ people`.

2. According to the CIA Fact Book at CIA.gov, Iraq had a population of `26,783,383 people`. Using CIA data, `150,000` troops implies a `_____:_____ soldier-to-population` ratio.

3. The U.S. Army Field Manual on Counterinsurgency suggests a ratio of one soldier for every `40-50 inhabitants`. The average of `40` and `50` is `45`. Using the CIA's population figure for Iraq along with a ```1:45 soldier-to-population ratio```, there could be `_______________` in Iraq.