Daily Archives: August 6, 2008

We’re Winning the Iraq War

Good news out of Iraq is becoming almost a daily event: In just the past week, we learned that U.S. combat fatalities (five) dropped in July to a low for the war, that key leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled to the Pakistani hinterland, that troop deployments will soon be cut to 12 months from 15, and that Washington and Baghdad are close to concluding a status-of-forces agreement.

Now this: Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr plans to announce Friday that he will disarm his Mahdi Army, which was raining mortars on Baghdad’s Green Zone as recently as April. Coupled with the near-total defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq, this means the U.S. no longer faces any significant organized military foe in the country. It also marks a major setback for Iran, which had used the Mahdi Army as one of its primary vehicles for extending its influence in Iraq.

The rest of the WSJ piece here.

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UW Study: Diminishing Snow Pack Not Due to Global Warming

“Despite previous studies suggesting a warmer climate is already taking a bite out of Washington’s snowpack, there’s no clear evidence that human-induced climate change has caused a drop in 20th century snow levels, according to a new study by University of Washington scientists.
We can’t see the global-warming signature in terms of a decline in snowpack,” said Mark Stoelinga, the study’s lead author, and a professor in the UW’s Atmospheric Sciences Department.”


Story here.
Bonus story: Ships stuck in Arctic ice. Here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

We’re Winning the Iraq War

Good news out of Iraq is becoming almost a daily event: In just the past week, we learned that U.S. combat fatalities (five) dropped in July to a low for the war, that key leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled to the Pakistani hinterland, that troop deployments will soon be cut to 12 months from 15, and that Washington and Baghdad are close to concluding a status-of-forces agreement.

Now this: Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr plans to announce Friday that he will disarm his Mahdi Army, which was raining mortars on Baghdad’s Green Zone as recently as April. Coupled with the near-total defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq, this means the U.S. no longer faces any significant organized military foe in the country. It also marks a major setback for Iran, which had used the Mahdi Army as one of its primary vehicles for extending its influence in Iraq.

The rest of the WSJ piece here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UW Study: Diminishing Snow Pack Not Due to Global Warming

“Despite previous studies suggesting a warmer climate is already taking a bite out of Washington’s snowpack, there’s no clear evidence that human-induced climate change has caused a drop in 20th century snow levels, according to a new study by University of Washington scientists.
We can’t see the global-warming signature in terms of a decline in snowpack,” said Mark Stoelinga, the study’s lead author, and a professor in the UW’s Atmospheric Sciences Department.”


Story here.
Bonus story: Ships stuck in Arctic ice. Here.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com