Well, I think there’s some natural level of concern out there because in fact, you know, it wasn’t over instantaneously. It’s been a little over three years now since we went into Iraq, so I don’t think it’s surprising that people are concerned.
On the other hand, this government has only been in office about five months, five or six months now. They’re off to a good start. It is difficult, no question about it, but we’ve now got over 300,000 Iraqis trained and equipped as part of their security forces. They’ve had three national elections with higher turnout than we have here in the United States. If you look at the general overall situation, they’re doing remarkably well.
The deaths of 10 of the 11 troops on Tuesday were caused by enemy attacks, including bombings and firefights, and the 11th died of “nonhostile” causes, military officials said, using a term that often refers to accidents or illness.
At least 70 American troops have died so far this month, putting October on pace to be third deadliest month of the conflict.
The total, after only 18 days, already exceeds that of most other months since the start of the invasion in March 2003.
Tony Snow, the White House spokesman, said the sudden surge in troop deaths would not force President Bush to alter his war plans.
Damned liberal media.