Not to be all glass half-empty, because I am very happy that American casualties are down, but it sure seems like the insurgency has just changed tactics:
Militants assassinated two key leaders of American-backed neighborhood militias in northern Baghdad over the past two days, highlighting the militants’ strategy of eliminating militia commanders who have embraced partnerships with American forces but who themselves remain vulnerable to attack.
On Monday morning, a suicide bomber on foot killed Col. Riyadh al-Samarrai, a founder of the Sunni Awakening Council in Adhamiya, a Sunni stronghold that until recently was a haven for insurgents.
The Awakening Councils are groups of Sunni — and in some cases Shiite — fighters who have renounced ties to insurgents and are now on the payroll of the American military, standing guard in areas that not long ago were controlled by militants.
No evidence other than my own personal impressions, but it seems like there has been a shift from the usual violence to suicide bombings. Now, obviously suicide bombings are a bad thing, but how are they on the scale of bad compared to the widespread violence of the past year and a half? Granted, there still appears to be little to no movement on the political front, but I am just trying to make some sense of what is going on.