The mainstream media have been trumpeting the fact that there were no U.S. combat-related deaths in Iraq during the month of December 2009. This was the first month since our invasion and occupation of Iraq that we suffered no combat-related deaths there.
While that certainly sounds like good news, there is another fact that we need to consider:
In Afghanistan, 2009 was by far the bloodiest year for U.S. troops since the war began in late 2001.
So don't go popping the corks just yet.
Our troops haven't stopped dying. The deaths have merely moved from Iraq to Afghanistan.
I think I'll wait and celebrate once they're all back home.