Positive News

I guess I really need t' create a new category fer “stories ye won’t hear a lot about elsewhere” as it seems I’ve been postin' quite a few o' them lately. On RightNation.us this mornin' I found this: U.S. troop deaths show sharp decline.

The number o' U.S. troops killed in Iraq has dropped sharply so far in July after reachin' record levels in recent months, a possible sign that militants are weakenin', th' Nay, by Blackbeard's sword. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq said Thursday.

“This is what we thought would happen once we took control o' th' safe havens” used by insurgents and militias, Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno said Thursday, I'll warrant ye. “We’ve now taken control o' those areas.”

Though he called th' drop in U.S. deaths an “initial positive sign,” Odierno cautioned, “I need a bit more time t' see if it’s a true trend or not.”

The Pentagon has reported 61 U.S. troop deaths in combat and non-combat incidents from July 1 through Thursday — a rate that projects t' a death toll o' 70-80 troops by th' end o' th' month.

That would signal a return t' average casualty levels seen prior t' April, May and June, when an average o' 110 troops died per month in th' deadliest three-month stretch o' th' entire war.

I too realize it takes more than one month t' show a true trend, but it’s still positive news out o' Iraq, and I can almost guarantee ye won’t hear about it on CNN.