Surge Numbers Show Amazing Progress In Iraq
** Violence in Iraq is down by 50%.
** Civilian casualties in Iraq are down by 60%.
** Baghdad casualties are down by 75%.
** Basra violence is down by 90%.
** Terrorist attacks in Iraq are down by 80%.
** IED attacks down by 55%.
** Average daily attacks down by 42%.
The War on Terror, despite the constant democratic/media attacks, has been the most successful military campaign in this nation’s history.
But, the results from the military surge in Iraq are just incredible.
MORE… Baghdad’s night life picks up as a decrease in violence brings new optimism.
Citizens in Baghdad’s al Doura district go into a corner market to buy food. Neighborhoods in the district have shown a recent economic revival after years of fighting. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons, 1st Infantry Division, Public Affairs.)
The Strata-Sphere has an Iraqi success roundup.
And… Jack Kelly at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this on the “real quagmire” today:
We’re floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it’s too late to change it. Our resources have been squandered, our best people killed, we’re hated by the natives and our reputation around the world is circling the drain. We must withdraw.
No, I’m not channeling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I’m channeling Osama bin Laden, for whom the war in Iraq has been a catastrophe. Al-Qaida had little presence in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein. But once he was toppled, al-Qaida’s chieftains decided to make Iraq the central front in the global jihad against the Great Satan.
UPDATE: Christopher Hitchens notices that Iraqis are recovering command over their country.