Editorial Page In Denial Over Good News in Iraq

"The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse," the lead editorial blares. Does that "news" include the 70% reported drop in violence since the end of June?

The Times, in denial over good news out of Iraq. Even the anti-war newswire Reuters has seen some light of late:

"Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday."

Only the Times remains oblivious. Here's the lede to Tuesday's lead editorial, "Even Closer to the Brink," keyed to reports that Kurd guerillas are killing Turkish soldiers, with Turkey threatening to send troops into Iraq to counterattack.

"The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse."

Putting aside the 70% drop in deaths, of course.