Via the Instapundit, this ABC piece by Terry McCarthy, showing pockets of improvement and rays of hope in Iraq. While maintaining that Baghdad is an extremely dangerous place, it is fair to note that there certainly has been a slight improvement in some place, although that is most likely temporary.
And that is what is so insane about McCain’s remarks, and what Michael Ware essentially said (although there are still apparently some who want Ware fired because someone giggled during a press conference). McCain could have maintained a deal of credibility and still pushed the positive aspects of the surge by simply stating ‘things are getting better.” But he didn’t and, well, you know the rest.
Regardless, Baghdad still is not safe, and I have no faith that the surge, which will end soon (as it will have to- a surge, by definition, can not be sustained forever, particularly with the military at the breaking point), will change anything in the longterm, if indeed it has really even changed anything in the short term. The violence has just moved, the targets and methods of murder just slightly different. And I do not see that changing anytime soon.