"Is the surge in Iraq working? Consider this plain, simple and overwhelmingly powerful fact: Hundreds and hundreds of Iraqis are alive today, on Oct. 2, who'd be dead by now if there had been no surge.
There were 1,975 Iraqi civilian fatalities in August. In September, the number fell to 922 - a drop of 53 percent.
How do we know this decline is due to the surge? We can't know for certain, of course."
Wow, this is like the easiest blog post I've ever written.
"Certainly the number of daily and weekly papers has increased dramatically in the last decade, with many adopting a critical position towards the government and regime. Hitherto uncrossed red lines have been repeatedly crossed, and now, argue many commentators, the backlash is setting in. The battle lines have been drawn: on one side are those who complain that press freedom is being curtailed, on the other those that complain such freedom is being abused.
There's a lot to digest in the leaked transcript of a February 2003 conversation between President Bush, Spain's Jose Maria Aznar, and Condoleezza Rice on the impending invasion of Iraq, but it pretty much confirms what we already knew about the president: By February 2003, he was already committed to going into Iraq, UN mandate or not; he viewed the entire UN process, at best, as a form of theater necessary to calm the concerns of other world leaders less gifted with heroic vision than he (and given what we now know about the utter fiction of Colin Powell's
Via LGM, the heartwarming story of a multitude of wingnuts working themselves into a sanctimonious froth over a movie still. Let's all join D in issuing a hearty, Nelson Muntzian "HAW-haw!" to Right Blogistan.