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Good News From Iraq
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On the front page of the NY Times:

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 – The American military said Sunday that the weekly number of attacks in Iraq had fallen to the lowest level since just before the February 2006 bombing of the Shiite shrine in Samarra, an event commonly used as a benchmark for the country’s worst spasm of bloodletting after the American invasion nearly five years ago.

Data released at a news conference in Baghdad showed that attacks had declined to the lowest level since January 2006. It is the third week in a row that attacks have been at this reduced level.

Conventional wisdom has held that Iraq would be the dominant issue in the 2008 elections, and that it would favor Democrats as it did in 2006. But if these trends continue, that analysis will have to be revised. Less violence means less news reports on attacks, which could mean a reduced sense of urgency among Americans for withdrawal, or even a more mixed attitude on how soon we should withdraw. Take Iraq out of the arsenal of issues Democrats can reliably use against Republicans, and we’re looking at a much different election.

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