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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Red White & Blue Hens

Directly from the Washington Post Editoiral Page of April 7th (meaning written by WashPost staff, not outside people)

"The wide-open politicking, itself a welcome novelty in the Arab world, caused some to fret that Iraqis would again grow disillusioned after the high point of the Jan. 30 elections, or that Sunni insurgents would grow stronger. The opposite seems to be true. A poll taken in late February and early March showed that 60 percent of Iraqis believed the country is headed in the right direction, and almost as many expected the situation will "slowly" improve. According to reports by American, British and Iraqi commanders, insurgent activity has fallen off in recent weeks; coalition casualties in March were the lowest in more than a year. Since late March there have been four major encounters between Iraqi and U.S. forces and large groups of insurgents. But this too is mostly good news: Two of the battles were initiated by government forces, and all led to lopsided defeats for the insurgents. In one indication that some Sunni leaders have given up on armed resistance to the new political order, 60 members of the influential Association of Muslim Scholars last week ordered their supporters to join the Iraqi army."

I have nothing to add.....

1 Comments:

  • At 10:29 AM, Blogger M. McKain said…

    It’s hard to argue with good news, and I think even Democrats who wholly oppose our involvement can recognize this for what it is. No matter how much many of us want to bring the troops home, the fact is with Pres. Bush in power, that isn't going to happen until things are secure in that region. We can only hope that the progress continues.

    I do find it ironic, however, that while 60% of Iraqis think their country is headed in the right direction, the numbers for Bush in the United States aren't nearly as strong. The last NBC/Wall St. Journal poll showed only 34% believed we were heading in the right direction, while a majority 51% said we were heading in the wrong direction. That is the first time this poll has showed a majority of "all adults" in the "wrong direction" column since before 1997.

    Perhaps President Bush would be more successful if he learned a thing or two from the Iraqis about including everyone in government instead of working so hard to alienate his political opponents and their ideas.

     

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