According to the Iraq Coalition Casualties website, so far in these 24 days of December 17 soldiers have been killed in Iraq, a daily average of 0.71.
This is the lowest number since the war started in 2003. In December 2006, 115 soldiers were killed.
For all of those who criticized the surge and announced with total confidence that this was a new Vietnam, this is quite a change and possibly bad news.
For all the others like me, who could not care less about the political aspects of this and just want the suffering to stop, this is a great Christmas gift.