There is right-wing chest thumping over the drop in American deaths in July (74) compared to June (101). See, they are saying, the surge is working. Sorry, combat activity always declines in July; it's the heat. Today, the high temperature in Baghdad was 120 degrees F.
The five year average for July Iraq War deaths is 49; the average June deaths is 62. Don't mistake summertime lulls for victory.