Say, Has The Surge Really Worked?

I’m waiting with bated breathe for the big boys in the Credentialed Media to cover this story. I like looking blue

U.S. monthly combat casualties are down 86 percent from where they were a year ago for September, making it one of the least deadly months since the war began, according to a analysis of U.S. Defense Department data leading up to Sept. 30.

Combat casualties are down not just from where they were last year, but have also fallen from where they were in the prior month. There were six combat deaths in September compared with 43 last year, and there were 13 combat deaths in August 2008.

This means combat deaths are down almost 54 percent from where they were in August.

And the more the decrease in violence (which seems to be less then in Detroit, the LA barios, and Washington, D.C.) the more the Iraqi government can do its job. Barack Obama may have finally admitted the Surge has worked, but, he still wants to just pull out. And, remember, he was pushing legislation (along with most of the Dems, so, nothing unique or special there) to retreat at the same time McCain was pushing for The Surge. Whose idea was better?

This past July marked the least deadliest month of war since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003, according to the database. Only five combat casualties were reported for that month.

U.S. soldiers were more likely to die in non-combat incidents, such as vehicular accidents, helicopter crashes, illness and other non-hostile incidents than they were from enemy action over the past few weeks.

Basically like being back here in the States.

And The Surge, which McCain pushed and Obama was dead set against has allowed things such as

to happen. Or this

iraq back to schoolAn Iraqi Army Soldier hands out school supplies to children at the al-Abbas School in al-Imam, Babil province, Sept. 25, 2008. Photo by Jacob Brown

Iraqi school childrenIraqi children applaud the opening of their newly remodeled school, Sept. 25, 2008, during a ribbon cutting ceremony signifying the start of a new school year in the central Radwaniyah community of the Rashid District in southern Baghdad. Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, partnered with Civil Affairs Soldiers and local Iraqi community leaders, worked to complete required renovations to Radwaniyah’s Halwan school in Jari Village and al-Tahreer and Malaly schools in time to re-open the schoolhouses as scheduled. Photo by Capt. Mark Miller.

US soldier shakes handsA U.S. Soldier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, shakes hands with a young Iraqi girl during a market assessment at Cherry Market in Al Karama, Mosul, Iraq, Sept. 17, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Sarah De Boise.

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