Friday, July 21, 2006

Who Says The Mainstream Media Doesn't Report The Good News From Iraq?

From the commie pinko terrorist loving America-hating secularists at the NY Times:

BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 21 — In a measure of how mired in violence Iraq has become in recent months, the 28 people who were reported killed across the country today signaled a sharp, if momentary, decline in the daily death rate here, ranking the day as the most peaceful in a week in which now more than 250 people have been killed by gunfire, explosions, suicide attacks and sectarian-led executions.

Only 28 people reported killed across the country! It's a day of relative peace! See - the mainstream media does report the good news out of Iraq. Somebody alert Laura Ingraham.

Now here's the bad news. The violence was kept down today with the help of an extended ban on vehicle use. When the vehicle ban ends, the likelihood of car bomb attacks returns.

Here's some more bad news. According to the U.S. military, there were 34 major bombings and shootings for the week ending July 13 in Baghdad. That was a 40 percent increase in attacks from the previous month. The Associated Press reports that the most recent period of violence and sectarian carnage has deepened the distrust between Sunni and Shia. While violence may cool down from the terrifying numbers seen in the past week, the distrust and sectarian hatred isn't going anywhere.

When the violence ebbs, we'll hear from administration apologists how progress is being made again in Iraq. It happens every time the violence ebbs. But the reality is, the violence will come back. That has been the trend. Ebb, flow, ebb, flow, ebb, flow.

But it always returns. And it's always worse than it was before.

UPDATE: Escalating sectarian violence now worries the U.S. military more than theIraqi insurgency says the NY Times. As such, the U.S. military will be sending more troops into Baghdad, currently sectarian violence central. What will this do to General Casey's redeployment plan? Casey had planned to send two combat brigades home from Iraq in September and two more by December. Now it sounds like he needs more American forces to control the violence, not less. It will be interesting to see how the administration handles the pre-midterm election drawdown.

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