Figures the media elite are not too elated:
Violence in Iraq is at its lowest levels since the first year of the American invasion, finally opening a window for reconciliation among rival sects, the second-ranking U.S. general said Sunday as Iraqi forces formally took control of security across half the country.
Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the man responsible for the ground campaign in Iraq, said that the first six months of 2007 were probably the most violent period since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The past six months, however, had seen some of the lowest levels of violence since the conflict began, Odierno said, attributing the change to an increase in both American troops and better-trained Iraqi forces.
“I feel we are back in ’03 and early ’04. Frankly I was here then, and the environment is about the same in terms of security in my opinion,” he said. “What is different from then is that the Iraqi security forces are significantly more mature.”
……In Diyala, one of Iraq’s most dangerous regions, al-Qaida militants tried to regain control of several villages around Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad, but the U.S. backed volunteers drove them away, said Abdul Karim al-Rubaie of the provincial command center.
Sunnis have been turning against al-Qaida in significant numbers and signing up for the volunteer security forces _ partly in disgust at the militant group’s brutal tactics, and partly to seek American protection against what they see as government-backed Shiite militias.
“It is a battle of life and death, it is a continuous fight until we cleanse all the villages on the outskirts of Khalis,” said Sheik Zuhair al-Obeidi, who was involved in Sunday’s fighting.
The enormous success of the Iraqi Campaign goes largely ignored by the MSM. News like this should be trumpeted on the nightly news, every night. But you know how it is….good news in the GWOT equals bad news for the leftwing defeatist media.