Less dead bodies on which to stand on during stump speeches.
BAGHDAD (AFP) – – US military losses in Iraq for September stood at 70 on Sunday, the lowest monthly figure since July last year, according to an AFP tally based on Pentagon figures.
The figure also marks the fourth consecutive drop in the monthly death toll following a high of 121 in May. June saw 93 deaths, July 82 and August 79. The monthly toll in July 2006 was 53.
Two US soldiers were killed on Saturday in separate incidents, pushing the overall toll of American losses since the March 2003 invasion to 3,801.
Actually the numbers are better than even this indicates… These are raw numbers not adjusted to consider force strength. Remember we’ve increased the number of troops by 30,000 in the last few months but even the raw numbers are down. If you consider about 30% of the deaths in Iraq are non-combat deaths (auto accidents for example) this is even better news.
Looking at every trend, Iraq was going in the wrong direction thru 2006 and early 2007. The (mis-named) surge has turned that on a dime. It’s been said that a counterinsurgency war is won by the side that learns faster. As long as we keep learning faster, we’ll keep producing results.
We have a long way to go before Iraq is both a free and stable Democracy but it is clear to everyone except the partisan hacks that the surge is producing results.