Article three comes from the New York Times again, and it discusses how utterly quiet (relatively) Iraq has gotten. So quiet, in fact, that news coverage for the Iraq War during the nightly news on the big three networks decreased by almost 75% from 2007 to 2008. Now, unfortunately for us as Americans, this is also partially due to the fact that the economic woes on Wall Street have a much greater relevance to the average American than the war in Iraq. The decrease in concern with Iraq is also partially responsible for the fact that only a minority of Americans know that over 4,000 troops have been killed in that country. But, nevertheless, fewer reporters generally means that there's fewer explosions to cover, and that can only be good, right?
Focus: What are your predictions for Iraq in 2009? Is the timeline set forth in the SOFA a practical timeline? Will violence increase or decrease? How do you see the upcoming Iraqi elections affecting the security situation?