Wow. Detroit Free Press has published the level-headed and unemotional editorial on Iraq I’ve been desperately waiting for:
To the extent that fewer people being killed is good news, the news from Iraq in May was good. The 21 U.S. military deaths were the lowest monthly total in more than four years. The 532 Iraqi deaths were about half the April toll and the lowest monthly count of this year.
That’s a relatively tame period for Iraq, but nobody wants to call it success — or even sustainable — in the absence of a dependable homegrown security force and a political agreement that could take Iraq forward as a nation.
There is more progress on the first than the second, but in neither case enough to guarantee Iraq’s future without an active American military presence.
There’s more, all refreshingly cool and adult. Go read.