It must be getting chilly down in Hell, because the New York Times (motto: "All The News That Fits Our Agenda") is reporting on American successes in Iraq:
WASHINGTON, April 10 - Two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the American-led military campaign in Iraq is making enough progress in fighting insurgents and training Iraqi security forces to allow the Pentagon to plan for significant troop reductions by early next year, senior commanders and Pentagon officials say.You don't have to be Nostradamus to see this one coming: Lefty blogs far and wide will be claiming this shows the U.S. is giving up, pulling out too early, letting others clean up the mess we made, abandoning ordinary Iraqis to the insurgents, and so forth.
Senior American officers are wary of declaring success too soon against an insurgency they say still has perhaps 12,000 to 20,000 hard-core fighters, plentiful financing and the ability to change tactics quickly to carry out deadly attacks. But there is a consensus emerging among these top officers and other senior defense officials about several positive developing trends, although each carries a cautionary note.
Of course, when the talk was of increased troop levels, they complained about getting in over our heads, needing to reinstate the draft, overextending our armed forces, and a situation that was spiraling out of control.
There's just no pleasing some people.