The View From Baghdad

THE VIEW FROM BAGHDAD….The New York Times reports today on an internal staff report about how things are going in Iraq, and I figured I’d flip right to the page about Baghdad Province. The official prognosis is on the right.

So let’s see. The local government is increasingly under the control of an Iranian-backed theocratic party with a famously independent and vengeful private militia. Assassinations are frequent and criminal activity is common. Unemployment is high and infrastructure is weak. The overall situation is “serious.”

That’s the official government view, anyway. But I don’t get it. If things are going that well, why does the media continually focus only on the bad news?