Now, you probably have to dig pretty deep to find this report, but today around 4:45 Robert Reid released this report about “The Surge” on the AP. Don’t hold your breath for the MSM to let these details out. Of course today the majority leader, Sen. Reid (D-NV) said that the current policy of “more of the same” goes on, talk about more of the same, listen to your parties’ talking points.
However as Reid, the writer, not the droning toadie in the Senate, points out, as did Bryan Williams before NBC execs put the muzzle on him, as well as the Governors of Arizona and Oklahoma, pssst, they’re both Democrats, the early indicators is that the change of rules of engagement, and in the way Iraqis and American soldiers interact, has lead to some positive outcomes. Some examples:
Gone are the “illegal checkpoints,” where Shiite and Sunni gunmen stopped cars and hauled away members of the rival sect _ often to a gruesome torture and death.
The rattle of automatic weapons fire or the rumble of distant roadside bombs comes less frequently. Traffic is beginning to return to the city’s once vacant streets.
“People are very optimistic because they sense a development. The level of sectarian violence in streets and areas has decreased,” said a 50-year-old Shiite, who gave his name only as Abu Abbas. “The activities of the militias have also decreased. The car bombs and the suicide attacks are the only things left, while other kinds of violence have decreased.”
In the months before the security operation began Feb. 14, police were finding dozens of bodies each day in the capital _ victims of Sunni and Shiite death squads. Last December, more than 200 bodies were found each week _ with the figure spiking above 300 in some weeks, according to police reports compiled by The Associated Press.
Since the crackdown began, weekly totals have dropped to about 80 _ hardly an acceptable figure but clearly a sign that death squads are no longer as active as they were in the final months of last year.
(About a 60% drop)
Bombings too have decreased in the city, presumably due to U.S. and Iraqi success in finding weapons caches and to more government checkpoints in the streets that make it tougher to deliver the bombs.
In the 27 days leading up to the operation, 528 people were killed in bombings around the capital, according to AP figures. In the first 27 days of the operation, the bombing death toll stood at 370 _ a drop of about 30 percent.
While the surge is new, and this is not a clear indication of it ultimately being successful, you would think that the mainstream media and Congress would at least want to share a bit of this good news. Well, then again, why should we expect anything other than “more of the same” from the DNC and their collaborators the MSM.