This December has been the quietest for American troops in Iraq since the U.S.-led coalition ousted Saddam Hussein in 2003.
With the end of the month hours way, the number of Americans killed this December in defense of Iraq’s new democracy is 21. That’s just over half the U.S. deaths of the previously least violent December.
Here’s the record on post-invasion Decembers:
December 2003: 40.
December 2004: 72.
December 2005: 68.
December 2006: 112.
December 2007: 21. [The final December total was 23.]
Hope for victory. Most importantly, the fascist violence against Iraqis also is down, raising real hope that the forces of democracy are consolidating a major victory.
Again, a note of caution: History reveals that a period of relative calm toward the end of a war doesn’t mean it’s over. Then again, sometimes the calm does come before the calmer.
Here’s to a New Year in peace and freedom.
A reminder: That quietest December for Americans in Iraq followed the quietest November for Americans in Iraq.