Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Remarkably Well


A roadside bomb killed four U.S. soldiers west of Baghdad, the military reported Wednesday, raising the number of U.S. troops killed this month to 62...


In other "Remarkable" news:

A roadside bomb killed a provincial police intelligence chief in southern Iraq early Wednesday, police said. The military reported nine U.S. troops killed in bombings and combat a day earlier, raising to 67 the number of U.S. troops killed in October.

So that's five on top of the prior four.

Meanwhile, in comments Cal refers us to this Atrios post from November 5, 2005:

The ambassador [ed. Zalmay Khalilzad] argues that U.S. policy is finally on track. "We do have the beginning of adjustments that I think puts us on the right path," he told Gwen Ifill of PBS in one of his few on-the-record interviews. In addition to his own diplomacy, which has persuaded Sunni parties to compete in upcoming elections and Shiite and Kurdish parties to agree to post-election negotiations, there is, at last, a concerted counterinsurgency campaign underway, aimed at clearing areas of militants and then holding them. Khalilzad believes Baghdad should now be systematically secured, starting with the airport and then moving into the city. But the process will be slow and hard: Just pacifying the capital could take a year.

As noted by Cal, there's only 18 days left in those two Friedman Units (or as I have always called such periods an "F.U.").

Naturally, our "ADD" afflicted media will not note this when "celebrating" the surprise verdict that Saddam was quite a bastard this November 5.