The Washington Post has a story on an attack against American troops that claimed the life of two soldiers. The article repeatedly mentions, in the tagline and in the story itself, that US combat deaths after an end to major combat was declared by Bush now exceed those before. They apparently think this is significant; presumably it is proof of a ‘quagmire’.
But to look at it another way, isn’t it really a testimony to the extreme effectiveness of the war itself before May 1st? Is it that there have been so many deaths after the war, or that there were so few during it?