It's a miracle that the NY Times, more and more the mouthpiece of the Democrats, would even publish this report because it's so favorable to the present situation in Iraq. The two Brookings Institution researchers/analysts paint a brighter picture than the politicians would have us believe. Good strategy implemented by good people and sound leadership can make a huge positive change.
This comment sums it up:
"VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administration’s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily “victory” but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with."