Monday, October 22, 2007 :::
No thinking person would look at last year's weather reports to judge whether it will rain today, yet we do something similar with Iraq news. The situation in Iraq has drastically changed, but the inertia of bad news leaves many convinced that the mission has failed beyond recovery, that all Iraqis are engaged in sectarian violence, or are waiting for us to leave so they can crush their neighbors. This view allows our soldiers two possible roles: either "victim caught in the crossfire" or "referee between warring parties." Neither, rightly, is tolerable to the American or British public.Michael Yon, who has not been Pollyanna, describes the situation as "increasingly hopeful". Which is consistent with the casualty figures we saw a couple of weeks ago. It's not yet a good vacation spot, but it's increasingly hopeful.
::: posted by Steven at 9:59 PM