Now that's encouraging!
Over at the Weekly "we're seeing progress in Iraq" Standard, Max Boot has an essay, Can Petraeus Pull It Off?
, where he writes: (emp add)
The news from Iraq is, as usual, grim. Bombings, more bombings, and yet more bombings--that's all the world notices. It's easy to conclude that all is chaos. That's not true. Some parts of Iraq are in bad shape, but others are improving. I spent the first two weeks of April in Baghdad, with side trips to Baqubah, Ramadi, and Falluja. Along the way I talked to everyone from privates to generals, both American and Iraqi. I found that, while we may not yet be winning the war, our prospects are at least not deteriorating precipitously, as they were last year.
Our prospects are not deteriorating precipitously. That'll rally the nation.