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From Holden:

James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2005:

Here’s an interesting bit of very good news from Iraq, from the New York Times of all places (albeit buried on page 6 of the paper paper). It turns out the U.S. Marines “have for months been seeing a strange new trend in the already complex Iraqi insurgency.” The military calls it “red on red,” or enemy-on-enemy, fire:

[NYTimes excerpt snipped]

If this is right, it would seem to vindicate both Vice President Cheney’s much-maligned view that the indigenous insurgency is in its “final throes” and the “flypaper” theory that liberating Iraq is drawing in terrorists and forcing them to face the U.S. military.