Funny, it seems that almost overnight there has been a complete change of mood in the media about Iraq, all because of this one election. This leads me to believe that this is because those circles of people may have thought that the majority of Iraqis didn't feel this way about "forced American-style democracy", but rather instead believed that the resistance was more a popular resistance than was getting credit (this, of course, was surely because of Bush's lies about Iraqis desire for freedom and self-rule) . I had always thought that the reason many media outlets were speaking of gloom and doom so much was because they were betting merely on the resistance fighters being more effective than American and Iraqi forces. Well, the election didn't change the resistance's fighting effectiveness, so what else could it have been that changed the general mood so quickly into one of a hopeful outlook for Iraq? Interesting, me thinks. Iraqi Democracy is now clearly the popular movement, not the insurgency. And the idea that many in the MSM could have believed it to be the other way around, though not necessarily true, does satisfy the question and could explain it. But then again, so does plain ole' Bush-hating.
Also, in reference to Al-Queda's new brand of warfare that Sean has mentioned, here's a new developement:
Al-Zarqawi is pleased to announce his new lieutenants, following last week's captures-- COBRA Commander and Megatron of the Decepticons (also, we may get that completely-useless robot who can turn into a fuckin' camera).