If you have been discouraged about America’s “failure” in Iraq check out the other side of the story as well. MICHAEL TOTTEN has written an excellent article at nydailynews.com.
“…attacks against coalition forces in Fallujah are down by more than 90% since March of this year. Almost all attacks these days are single, ineffective pot shots rather than the lethal IEDs of last year.
“There hasn’t been a single firefight in this city for months. The Marines at Camp Fallujah haven’t been shot at with a rocket or mortar since April. Not one Marine from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment has even been wounded since they rotated into the city two months ago. The only shots the Marines have fired have been practice rounds on the range.
“There’s a gigantic perception lag in America these days. The Iraq of the popular imagination and the Iraq of the real world are not the same country. It wouldn’t be quite right to say Fallujah is safe. You do not want to come here on holiday. But I’m a lot safer here as an American than any terrorist or insurgent would be.”