From yesterday’s NYT:
Three months after the start of the Baghdad security plan that has added thousands of American and Iraqi troops to the capital, they control fewer than one-third of the city?s neighborhoods, far short of the initial goal for the operation, according to some commanders and an internal military assessment.
We are basically seeing small, localized, transient gains that evaporate as soon as US troops hand neighborhoods back to Iraqi control. In other words, the “surge” isn’t working. Not well enough to matter.
I fully expect that we will have a presence similar to our presence in South Korea, for a similar time frame, but with far higher US casualties. Bush tied an anchor to this nation’s leg and jumped into the deep end of the pool. In the final analysis, this might end up being one of the greatest foreign policy blunders in US history.