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September 19, 2007

Is The Surge Working?

Given all the domestic dispute over whether the Surge is working, and whether the measurements are honest, and what "working" really means anyway, it's interesting to actually find out what the Iraqis think. So the BBC and ABC News polled them:

Is The Surge Working

So the overwhelming majority thought the surge made things worse. Then came those who thought it made no difference. And then, hovering around 10 percent, were those who thought they detected some improvements. Given that the Surge is in theory, about Iraqi security rather than American politics, these are disheartening numbers.

Also: Could someone please inform the BBC that blue should fill the bar for things going well and red should should be the color for all that's gone awry? I find this pleasing, powder-blue denoting increases in deadly violence to be a bit confusing.

September 19, 2007 in Iraq, Polls | Permalink


Of course the surge is working, if all those soldiers came home the urge to stage a military coup would be enormous.

Posted by: Hawise | Sep 19, 2007 2:21:14 PM

Blue is the color used to show districts won by the Tories and red the color for labour. The BBC can't say "blue is good and red is bad," because that would be biased (also I think the BBC is well to the left of the Labour party, although I may have been convinced by ye olde wingge nuttes

Posted by: Robert Waldmann | Sep 19, 2007 3:06:45 PM

And while we're at it, could someone please inform Americans that it is a more-or-less worldwide convention that red stands for liberal/progressive and blue for conservative? It is very discombobulating for us foreigners to be confronted with graphics that show Republicans as red and Democrats as blue.

Posted by: mijnheer | Sep 19, 2007 3:09:27 PM

mijnheer -

Absolutely not! It would destroy the fun I get from referring to die hard Republicans as "Reds".

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