First, we have the perky, feel-good news from Iraq courtesy of The Daily Reverend Moon:
Some recent numbers from MNF-I indicate that real progress is being made. For example, the number of dead civilians in all categories (not just ethno-sectarian violence) fell from 2,193 in December to 575 last month for a 74 percent drop.
Then, of course, there is the actual, non-lunatic media:
Iraqi civilian deaths climb again
War-related fatalities rose in August, the second month in a row, suggesting that the U.S. troop increase has had little effect.
BAGHDAD -- Bombings, sectarian slayings and other violence related to the war killed at least 1,773 Iraqi civilians in August, the second month in a row that civilian deaths have risen, according to government figures obtained Friday.
In July, the civilian death toll was 1,753, and in June it was 1,227. The numbers are based on morgue, hospital and police records and come from officials in the ministries of Health, Defense and the Interior. The statistics appear to indicate that the increase in troops ordered by President Bush this year has done little to curb civilian bloodshed, despite U.S. military statements to the contrary.
And you just know I'm waiting for the first Blogging Tory to quote the Wash Times to show how things are just getting duckier and duckier in Iraq. I'm betting this guy will be first.
He's never let me down before.