If you've been checking my website for the past few days, you undoubtedly noticed a lack of postings. I caught that dreaded summer cold from the teenage unit, and I lost my voice. Not good, especially if you are a talk-show host.
However --the world continues to turn and the troops are continuing to win!
Pessimism About the War on Terror Declines Amid Signs of Progress in
Poll data increasingly shows a new trend in the public’s perception of
Yesterday, Rasmussen released data finding that only 28% [of Americans] now believe that the terrorists are winning … the lowest level of pessimism recorded in over a year” [Rasmussen, “War on Terror Update,” 9/25/07].
US News & World Report’s “Political Bulletin” highlighted polling that found when “[a]sked, ‘If General Petraeus asks for the troop level to remain in place for another nine months, would you approve or disapprove this proposal,’ 54% approve it; 43% disapprove. Independents again track the overall response, with 53% approving the proposal and 43% disapproving it. 80% of Republicans back the idea while 67% of Democrats oppose it” [US News & World Report, “Political Bulletin: Post-Petraeus, Americans Of Two Minds,” 9/20/07].
Positive News from
Positive developments in Anbar province are now also being seen in Diyala province. “Most of the major tribes in a strategic province northeast of
Yesterday the Times (London) reported on the graduation of hundreds of Iraqis who joined the regular Iraq police force after serving as volunteers in local police forces organized by American forces. “The volunteers, recruited with help from tribal leaders, want to protect their local area from attacks by al-Qaeda, said Lieutenant-Colonel Kurt Pinkerton, who helped to attract about 6,000 volunteers in Abu Ghraib and surrounding districts” [Deborah Haynes, “Dancing police keen to get on the beat to save country from al-Qaeda,” Times (
New members of the police force expressed their commitment to peace in