News outlets have started to notice the drop in violence in places like Baghdad and Basra. Baghdad has experienced sectarian violence that has killed or forced out massive numbers of Sunni residents. In Basra, the British decided to leave. If things are great, why isn't the U.S. pulling out our troops and letting democracy take place?
Hugh Hewitt asks former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi about improving conditions in Iraq. Chalabi opines that Arabs can support democracy, and the Iraqis know how to live with factions. Fabulous, but why should we believe Chalabi? Chalabi helped support lies on weapons of mass destruction, has Iran ties and committed bank fraud in Jordan. Nice guy.
Phoenix Woman at firedoglake.com writes about violence dropping 90%
British troops left Basra. Since everything's "great" in Iraq, why are we staying?
Tom Bevan at realclearpolitics.com wonders whether Fred Thompson's candidacy is dead or merely resting. Local and national polls all indicate negative trend lines. Hmm.
Josh Marshall looks into Rudy Giuliani and 9/11. It seems Giuliani has been trying to avoid focusing on it, but his supporters have been pushing him to do more. NYFD veterans will have a say on this one if he wins the nomination.
Scott at powerline.com defends his buddy Rachel Paulose, the Bush appointee to the Minnesota Justice Department's regional office. He desperately looks for ways to support her. Norm Coleman (R., Minn.) asked the new Attorney General Michael Mukasey to replace her, and most of her senior staff resigned.
Marc Ambinder notices that John Fund has "found" the source of the rumor started by Bob Novak, who claimed Hillary Clinton is sitting on dirt about Barack Obama. It might be a real estate deal while Obama was in Illinois State senate. Do Fund and Novak both have better sources than the Democrats? I have serious doubts.
Stuart Rothenberg analyzes news coverage of a new poll in Iowa. Media members often forget that comparing polls by different firms can be apples to oranges. The latest ABC/WaPo poll is not much different than the prior one.
Arianna Huffington announces that her site will be looking into the polling industry. They hope to figure out whether polling is a story or driving the story. I'm guessing they hope to explain why Obama isn't doing well nationally.
Captain Ed reports on the U.N.'s grossly overestimated AIDS numbers in Africa. This may come as a surprise (wink), but Captain Ed doesn't want us trusting U.N. scientists.
John Cole can't figure out why the devastating cyclone in Bangladesh received dissimilar coverage to the 2004 tsunami. It's a good question.