Kimberley Kagan, in the WSJ, writes:

In Washington perception is often mistaken for reality. And as Congress prepares for a fresh debate on Iraq, the perception many members have is that the new strategy has already failed.

This isn’t an accurate reflection of what is happening on the ground, as I saw during my visit to Iraq in May. Reports from the field show that remarkable progress is being made. Violence in Baghdad and Anbar Province is down dramatically, grassroots political movements have begun in the Sunni Arab community, and American and Iraqi forces are clearing al Qaeda fighters and Shiite militias out of long-established bases around the country.

This is remarkable because the military operation that is making these changes possible only began in full strength on June 15. To say that the surge is failing is absurd. Instead Congress should be asking this question: Can the current progress continue?

Kagan may have it exactly backwards. The Democrats are asking “Can the current progress be stopped?”. The last thing the Democrats want is for Bush to snatch victory in Iraq in the lead-up to the 2008 election. The Democrats/MSM have worked assiduously to depict the war in Iraq as a failure. All this work, in preparation for the 2008 election, will come to naught, if the public sees that the surge has succeeded.

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