Patrick McIlheran assails opponents of the Iraq occupation (a group that would have included Pope John Paul II btw) in a recent posting on his blog:
A little cognitive dissonance to the surrender-now-cuz-it's-hopeless crowd:
Turns out there are a lot fewer bullet-riddled corpses being left around Baghdad these days: 494 this month as of Monday night, compared with 954 in January and 1,222 in December.
"We have seen a decrease in the past three weeks -- a pretty radical decrease," Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno told the Associated Press. "I'm not willing to draw any conclusions yet though because it's only (been) three weeks."
Sound familiar? Maybe because Paddy's written it all before.
From the wayback machine:
In my Sunday Journal Sentinel column, I made the point that despair about events in Iraq is unwarranted by the facts.
They total coalition troop casualties (a volatile number, but generally declining in recent months, and well below the peaks of 2004 and early 2005), and civilians killed (rising in recent months, but below the spike of last September). They also point out that megawatts of electricity produced is pretty flat, at around 3,800 megawatts, about what it was before the war, oil production’s been rising since January, though it’s still a little below the pre-war level, GDP is well above pre-war levels, and Internet use is 33 times what it was in Saddam’s day.
The date on that shrewd piece of insight? June 13, 20006. How many US troops have been killed since then? How many Iraqis? (And, of course, Paddy Mack had a hard time understanding the negative implications of the Brookings study he based his post on, as the Brawler helpfully pointed out.)
Patrick McIlheran often argues that teachers should be paid by performance, not tenure. If this were the standard for columnists, Patrick McIlheran would be out on his ass. The man has consistenly misread what was happening in Iraq, recently pointing to the British withdrawal as a sign of progress, while belittling and mocknig war critics whose opposition has been vindicated by this powerful force called "reality."
Some might construe not understanding what's happening in Iraq -- the biggest issue of our time -- as a demerit against an opinionmaker.
Instead, he gets to write an extra column every week.
What a country.