Time magazine has been one of the most persistent critics of U.S. policy in Iraq. It was Time that featured a cover story about Iraq entitled, “Mission Not Accomplished.” So readers were probably shocked, if not a little confused, to find an article in this week’s issue that practically bursts with good news from Iraq.

While conceding that the Sunni triangle around Baghdad remains a very dangerous place, Time reporters visited 30 towns in the north and south of the country and found that folks there seem pretty happy about Iraq’s liberation. “When people in the north and the south were asked whether life has improved since the war, the answer, in Arabic, often came automatically, ‘Tab’an ahsan’ (meaning, ‘Of course, better!’)”

Reporters found that electrical output is much improved over the days before the war. Schools are open and functioning at least up to pre-war standards. And in both north and south, commerce is booming, as goods flow in from neighboring Turkey and Kuwait.

There are still a lot of complaints, but most of the 600 people interviewed for the story see better times ahead. One former medical student, who now sells mobile phones in Basra, spoke of the struggle to create a new, free Iraq: “We know that every birth requires pain.”

And that’s the Asman Observer.

David Asman joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1997 and currently serves as host of "Forbes on FOX," a weekend half-hour program that offers an informative look at the business week (Saturday from 11:00-11:30 AM/ET). Asman is also an anchor on FOX Business Network, where he co-hosts "After the Bell" (4-5 PM/ET) with anchor Melissa Francis.