Andrew links to a great piece in The New York Times looking at public opinion in Anbar. It turns out that accounts of a dramatic political transformation left out such details as "In a survey conducted Aug. 17-24 for ABC News, the BBC and NHK, the Japanese broadcaster, among a random national sample of 2,212 Iraqis, 72 percent in Anbar expressed no confidence whatsoever in United States forces [. . .] Every Anbar respondent called attacks on coalition forces “acceptable,” far more than anywhere else in the country."

But why is this article on the op-ed page? All credit to the Times opinion people for running it, but these are just facts -- facts that ought to be incorporated into papers' news reporting.

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