- 9 trends from the Brookings Iraq Index
- 4 trends from the Department of State Weekly Iraq Status Report
- 3 trends from Global Security.org
The 5 charts show:
- US Soliders Killed with moving avg & event timing - March 2003 - December 30, 2006
- US Soldiers Wounded with moving avg - Sept 6, 2003 - Dec 29, 2006
- IED Fatalities per month - July 2003 - January 2007
- Iraqi Police/Military fatalities - January 2005 - December 2006
- Iraqi Civilian fatalities - January 2005 - December 2006
This brings us to a total of 21 charts. I think you will see that by arranging these together in a somewhat more convenient and time-saving format than the separate originals, your understanding of what's happening in Iraq has been boosted. I think you will also see that being able to look at all 21 one of these in a relatively short period of time by scrolling down this blog allows you to develop more of a gestalt understanding of how all the factors interact and impact on each other.
- How many charts is enough?
- Are we there yet?
- Do we already have everything we need to understand the situation?
- Is it relatively easy for decision makers or interested citizens to get rapid access to all of the most important factors?
- Do we now have the full deck of cards that will allow us to make wise choices?
- Have we arranged things so that automatic monitoring and reporting of key factors enables us to determine quickly whether the actions we take are having the desired effect as we go forward?