I am only going to do one post on this. The numbers of American KIA in OIF are not a metric which should ever be used to determine whether we are 'ahead' or 'behind'. The moment in which we publish such an opinion is the moment in which some Iranian or Iraqi bastard decides to increase the amount of money being spent on the assassinations which take the lives of the majority of our casualties.
We have to face the fact that Iraqi Ba'athists and the Iranian mullahocracy are counting on the seditionists in the Democratic Party and their willing enablers in the MSM to provide a victory that force of arms can never achieve. If we point to a decrease in KIA numbers, we can rest assured that the terrorist bastards on the other side will note that fact and react. We simply cannot forget that America's worst enemies live right here with us, giving hope to mullahs every day.
The metric for success in the Middle East in eradicating the terrorist threat is not fewer American KIA but more dead mullahs - Iranian or Saudi Arabian makes no difference.