The Surge

Read Matt Yglesias on the ridiculously shallow coverage of the “surge” in the media, and how “military success” without “political success” is not really success at all. It’s also worth noting that the “success” we’ve had in Iraq over the past year, in Anbar especially, has been about propping up the Sunnis in a way that makes the goal of political reconciliation much, much harder.

Now we’re lowering expectations yet again in the hope of finding something resembling “victory” hidden under a rock in the desert.