Everything Is Great In Iraq, Just Ask Bush’s People

In this morning’s Washington Post, Michael Gerson, Bush’s former speechwriter, breathlessly proclaims the surge a success, and that the debate about Iraq has changed:

During their summer vacation, Americans discovered that Gen. David Petraeus doesn’t take one. And his energy and urgency have shifted the Iraq debate in some fundamental ways.

A few months ago, it was the received wisdom that Iraq was in the midst of a rapidly escalating civil war. That claim is no longer plausible.

While the level of violence is still unacceptably high, the surge has disrupted the cycle of escalation and proved that progress is possible. Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno’s briefing this month was an antidote to pessimism. “Total attacks,” he said, “are at their lowest levels since August of 2006.” Some of the most violent and lawless regions of Iraq, such as Anbar and Diyala, have been stabilized with the cooperation of local Sunni leaders who have turned against al-Qaeda thuggery. Insurgents are being pushed out of population centers and then targeted in further operations. Sectarian murders in Baghdad have gone down by more than 50 percent in a few months, reaching their lowest levels since the Samarra mosque bombing. And new sectarian provocations — such as the al-Qaeda bombings in Nineveh — have not resulted in the usual spiral of revenge murders

You see, everything in Iraq is hunky-dory. We are on our way to winning. How could anybody doubt these optimistic asessments? Oh yeah, this report from yesterday:

Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report. The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment by the White House last month adequately reflected the range of views the GAO found within the administration.

The strikingly negative GAO draft, which will be delivered to Congress in final form on Tuesday, comes as the White House prepares to deliver its own new benchmark report in the second week of September, along with congressional testimony from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. They are expected to describe significant security improvements and offer at least some promise for political reconciliation in Iraq.

These bozos have no credibility left. How can we possibly believe anything they say?

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