In case you didn’t hear

And don’t be surprised if in Bellingham you didn’t hear this news. is pointing out USA Today’s report Major attacks decline in Iraq about how the troop surge is improving the situation in Iraq.

The number of truck bombs and other large al-Qaeda-style attacks in Iraq have declined nearly 50% since the United States started increasing troop levels in Iraq about six months ago, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.

“The enemy had the initiative and the momentum in ’06,” said Jack Keane, a retired general who is a chief architect of the increase in troop levels and mentor to Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. “We’ve got it now.”

Not the kind of news that the Democrats and/or Liberals around here want to read. Perhaps that is why this kind of news rarely seems to make the cut in local media. Too bad. With our local elected officials acting like they are our national reps, you’d think their constituents would want to be informed about national issues.

Successes against al-Qaeda have also been helped by shifting Sunni public opinion and a growing number of insurgent defections, the military says.

“Tribes and people are starting to stand up and fight back,” said Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, deputy commander of the U.S. division north of Baghdad. “They are turning against al-Qaeda.”

We’ve all heard of al-Qaeda. In case you didn’t hear, it wasn’t President Bush who planned 9/11. More reliable sources have pointed at al-Qaeda. Oh, and I am darned glad to hear that others in Iraq, besides us, are fighting back against them

So don’t get down. This is still good news, even if we don’t hear it. Sort of like the tree falling in the forest. I would someday love to refer to our local news as balanced, but I am only mortal.

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