Dramatic advances in public attitudes are sweeping Iraq, with declining violence, rising economic well-being and improved services lifting optimism, fueling confidence in public institutions and bolstering support for democracy.Read it here.
The gains in the latest ABC News/BBC/NHK poll represent a stunning reversal of the spiral of despair caused by Iraq's sectarian violence in 2006 and 2007. The sweeping rebound, extending initial improvements first seen a year ago, marks no less than the opportunity for a new future for Iraq and its people.
At least ABC has the decency to note in passing that these dramatic improvements date from the time when the Good President was still in office. Of course, they waited until Obama was safely elected to report on them.
This is not to say that violence has ceased. Just three weeks ago my nephew was in a convoy [BBC reported that it was a combat mission, but it was just a "meet and greet" with local officials] that was ambushed. Three of his men and an interpreter were killed. They rounded up three of the attackers, turned them over to Iraqi authorities, and a local judge released them back onto the street.