U.S. troop deaths from IEDs in Iraq are down 88 percent from one year ago, USA Today reports. Among the reasons: some 7,000 MRAPs; buying off insurgents; and better surveillance.
In other words, when you throw enough money at a problem, it will inevitably go away — until your opponent comes up with something else.
Conspicuous by its absence is the reason one would really hope to see now that things are supposed to be “looking up”: security gains due to national reconciliation.
(One of the reasons I keep harping on this is selfish: when the U.S. draws down and the killing starts again, those of us who report on these things will have to go in and cover the mess, and it’s going to be a bummer.)