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  •  Both US and Iraqi casualties fell off a cliff... (0+ / 0-)

    ...about September of last year:

    http://icasualties.org/...

    The wounded numbers are also down.

    •  Yes, that's true. (0+ / 0-)

      Now what is the evidence that this had anything to do with the "surge?"  

      Why is it not far more reasonable to think it primarily has to do with Moqtda al Sadr's self-imposed cease fire, which began on August 29?

      And what possible reason is there to believe that al Sadr with continue with that restraint or that the Sunni (former and probably future) insurgents we've been plying with money and arms will continue theirs?  What will be the new official line if and when our soldiers start being killed by those weapons we've supplied?

      Thank you Senator Dodd!

      by jrooth on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 11:56:44 AM PST

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      •  Al Sadr has imposed cease-fires and such before. (0+ / 0-)

        He declared one back in 2005 for the elections.  I think his current cease-fire has more to do with him having little control of what is left of his "army" more than anything else.

        Hell, he went to war with the US essentially at one point, and even that didn't move casualties by much more than 20%.

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