“Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and other U.S. officials have argued that it was not fair to judge the surge strategy until all 28,500 troops arrived and had time to exert their influence on the ground. The announcement of that milestone came Friday.”
“U.S. military officials have complained that the surge got off to a slow start because Iraqi police and army units performed poorly and Iraqi officials did not provide all the units they had promised. Many of the units also are considered infiltrated by Shiite militias.”
“In addition, the Iraqi government and parliament have not delivered on what U.S. officials believe are the most important elements of the new strategy -- the political reconciliation measures. There has been little or no apparent progress on key issues such as dividing the country's oil revenues, reforming the constitution, readmitting more members of Saddam Hussein's banned Baath political party to public jobs and scheduling provincial elections.”
Because in my Half Empty world, I know that this “Surge” will never work. Everyone who meets a bullet or a bomb fragment between now and September will do so based on false hopes and faulty logic. Iraqis don’t view our troops as saviors; they see them as occupation troops. As long as a single US soldier is in Iraq, insurgents of whatever faction will have a reason to fight and kill.
Walt Kelly’s famous Pogo quote, originally applied to environmental issues, applies to our involvement in this war too well: “We have seen the enemy, and he is us.”