Patrick Ruffini is the latest in a rather long list of folks who have noted it:

But something interesting is happening on the way to the “new direction.” Early indications are that the troop surge into Baghdad is working. It hasn’t been reported on widely, but murders in Baghdad are down 70%, attacks are down 80%, Mahdi Army chief Moqtada al-Sadr has reportedly made off for Iran, and many Baghdadis who had fled the violence now feel it’s safe enough to return. The strategy that Congress is busy denouncing is proving to be our best hope for victory.

Of course, not everyone has been talking about it… some of us are apparently hoping that not talking about it will make victory go away.

This turnaround in Baghdad is confirmed at home by the media’s near-deafening silence. If it seems like you’ve heard less about how Iraq is spiraling into civil war in the weeks since the surge was announced, this is why. Even some discordant voices in the media are starting to wonder what’s happening. Time magazine worries that it’s “Quiet in Baghdad. Too quiet.” That’s right — a dramatic reduction in violence is actually bad news.

I’m telling you, friends; When bad things happen in Iraq, the press and the democrats can be counted upon to bring that information to the four as quickly as possible, and usually more dramatically than the situation calls for. But when things go right in Iraq, when the United States actually succeeds in what it is trying to accomplish, the press is nowhere to be found. Neither are the Democrats in Congress or anywhere else, for that matter. The reason for this is simple enough; The Democrats…. and in this I would include the press… are very heavily invested in our defeat in Iraq. Their political station will not withstand an American victory there.

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