BAGHDAD - The killings of three U.S. soldiers in separate attacks in Baghdad pushed the American death toll for April up to 47, making it the deadliest month since September.
Does this mean the surge is no longer working, or was never working or is still working?
No, it just means more people are dying.
The number of dead is not now, nor has it ever been, an effective way of evaluating the surge. The dynamics are to complex for such a simple indicator to apply. That truth has not stopped the Republican leaders from making such false claims, and it has not stopped the traditional media from echoing them. It does lead me to wonder; Since so many on the right (Including John McCain) claim that the falling death relates meant the escalation of force was working, will this change in reality led them to now claim it is failing?