Well, all you pessimistic nay-sayers can just take that, as the Washington Times (Journalistic motto: "Klaatu barada nikto.") is going to start filling you in on the tropical paradise that is Iraq:
The first in a series of editorials on underreported good news from Iraq
If Washington seems increasingly pessimistic about Iraq these days, Iraqis themselves aren't. In fact, 47 percent of Iraqis surveyed by the International Republican Institute in October said that the country is headed in the right direction (37 percent said it wasn't). That's a higher percentage than last year, when 42 percent of Iraqis thought so (45 percent did not) -- despite the problematic ongoing security problems.
And if you can't trust the International Republican Institute, well, who the heck can you trust?