The war in Iraq lost the interest of the American media about the time it ceased to be usable as a cudgel against the Bush Administration and, by extension, the McCain Campagin.
Watch for that to continue with this bit of news:
U.S. deaths in Iraq fell in October to their lowest monthly level of the war, matching the record low of 13 fatalities suffered in July. Iraqi deaths fell to their lowest monthly levels of the year. Eight of the 13 Americans died in combat, most of them in northern Iraq where al-Qaida and other Sunni insurgent groups remain active. The U.S. military suffered 25 deaths in September and 23 in August…
The sharp drop in American fatalities in Iraq reflects the overall security improvements across the country following the Sunni revolt against al-Qaida and the rout suffered by Shiite extremists in fighting last spring in Basra and Baghdad.
But the decline also points to a shift in tactics by extremist groups, which U.S. commanders say are now focusing their attacks on Iraqi soldiers and police that are doing much of the fighting.
Which was what we were aiming for – right?
That Mac has softpedalled the success of the Surge – and Obama’s opposition to it, and the Dems’ continuous denials of success and attempts to gundeck the Surge’s gains – is one of the big failings of his campaign.