24 June 2005

The general didn't read his talking points


The insurgency in Iraq is in its last throes? So says Dick Cheney, but Gen. John Abizaid disagrees:
The Iraqi insurgency is as active as six months ago and more foreign fighters are flowing in all the time, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said... "When my soldiers say to me and ask me the question whether or not they've got support from the American people or not, that worries me. And they're starting to do that."
So why don't we take a look at the average coalition deaths per day and see (this has been smoothed a bit with 30-day rolling averages):

It's a little hard to see that insurgency winding down there, isn't it? And remember, this is just coalition deaths.

Doesn't look much like last throes to me.