With a drop of nearly 80% in Baghdad related violence shortly after the troop surge, I can finally say for one after a very long time Bush has made some smart decisions regarding his war policy. Of course the majority of terrorists are just trying to hide out and weather this escalation, but when the Iraqi's take responsibility for their own nation it no longer is our problem. Democrats have really jeopardized themselves in their anti-war stance. Most Americans felt the resolution to denounce the troop surge was a waste of time, and indeed it was. Now with Generals reporting incredibly dramatic drops in violence across the Baghdad / Al Anbar province, it seems that Democrats are shutting up about the troop surge and trying to focus on the big picture. And again it seems there have already been statements about lies / lying us into a war/ so on and so forth. I find it interesting that no examples are given though. No WMD's is not a lie. It may have been incorrect data, but to say Bush lied then we also have to add Bill Clinton, Russia, England, the U.N. and all the other sources which the US based their claims on. After all, the Iraq war really started during the 1998 bombing campaign under Bill Clinton when several "WMD factories" were destroyed. I've seen "the US has killed 650,000 Iraqi's" every now and then too. Funny that number is nearly 6 times greater than the U.N. estimate. The polling data which shows 600,000 dead is pure far left propaganda. They interviewed some families in specifically violent regions, asked how many people were killed rather than getting a true body count, then averaging it upwards to match the entire countries population. No wonder it came out 6 times too high. Plus I even take the 100,000 number to task. First, does that count terrorists and insurgents? US forces have killed tens of thousands of them. Second, does that include Iraqi's killed by sectarian violence? The sectarian struggle in Iraq is many times higher than what the US has done. The number of innocent Iraqi's killed? That number can never be known. Does that count Iraqi's housing terrorists killed by US gunfire? Or when terrorists use innocent people as human shields? This is a very difficult issue and it isn't one that is easy to explain or understand at times. However I, like most Americans, believe that the US is trying to do a noble thing in Iraq. The Iraqi's just haven't stepped up. They've decided revenge on each other is more important than a stable future for their children.