Over the last four days, civilian deaths in Iraq have fallen.
On the other hand, American hostile fatalities are already higher than they were last month. I'll try to make a day-by-day graphic later.
Unless there are huge attacks during the rest of April this will pretty clearly imply that the reason for our low fatalities recently was indeed that we were simply leaving the Iraqi civilians out to the wolves. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it sure shows that the narrative that our casulaties are decreasing because we are training the Iraqi Security Forces to replace us, or because the insurgency is waning, are pretty much bunkum.
UPDATE: Oops. Spoke too soon.
That is all.