I promised MarkinNJ that I would dig up some good news from Iraq, since he was having a difficult time finding any. So let’s start with casualties among Iraqi civilians. Having heard that Iraq is a disaster by several liberal commenters, I ask you: what do you think the civilian casualty trends are in Iraq?
- Leveling off near the peak?
- Leveling off at some other level (if so, where)?
- Dropping (if so, how much)?
Answer below the fold:
The peak of August and September has faded, though violence is still about 3 times higher than it was last year. January and February should be interesting, with new initiatives by the US and Iraqi military, the scheduled execution of Saddam Hussein, and the majority rule by Democrats in Congress.
And it seems like everybody but MarkinNJ read the Newsweek article on the booming economy in Iraq.
Don’t forget that a week ago we handed over security responsibility for the province of Najaf to Iraqis. I was going to try to make an animated gif showing the evolution of Iraqi security responsibilities over time, but the DoD already beat me to it.
If you’re interested in the promotion of health, you can read about our contributions to nutrition, training, and immunizations here.
Many people seem unaware of the enormous number of construction projects we’ve undertaken in Iraq. Here’s a little snapshot from the Army Corps of Engineers:
While the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq has completed 2,620 projects at a construction cost
of $3.38 billion (as illustrated by the green projects on the lower left map), there is still much work left to do.
The map, of course, was taken from the Army Corps of Engineers document in the link above. In addition there are more than 690 projects under construction at a cost of $2.61 billion, and another 140 projects yet to start.
Finding good news in Iraq isn’t that difficult, but it requires going to the original sources as opposed to relying on the NYT.