On balance
The Washington Times

If Washington seems increasingly pessimistic about Iraq these days, Iraqis themselves aren’t. In fact, 47 percent of Iraqis surveyed by the International Republican Institute in October said that the country is headed in the right direction (37 percent said it wasn’t). That’s a higher percentage than last year, when 42 percent of Iraqis thought so (45 percent did not) — despite the problematic ongoing security problems. Here are some of the underreported reasons why. 

None of which readers of major American newspapers would know unless they consult other sources.
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