http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051231/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq The death toll is 5 short of last year and since the announcements are always a few days behind it could equal last year. The US has a job to do in Iraq and it has to be finished but could we stop hearing from this administration what how everything is getting better. They have had elections and thier security force is increasing in numbers if not effectiveness but in the end if the same amount of our guys are getting killed every year then it wouldn't seem a positive step to me. In my mind how well that country is doing depends upon how safe it is. The same article talks about how over 30 Iraquis were killed by "terrorist" actions yesterday too.