Gen. David Petraeus told a joint House committee today that, by and large, the surge has met its military objectives and that the security situation in Iraq is improving. And U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said that though progress has been slow and the country is traumatized, a secure, democratic Iraq is still attainable.
Iraqis aren’t as optimistic. A new poll found that 65 to 70 percent of Iraqis say the surge has worsened rather than improved security, political stability and the pace of redevelopment, and that 79 percent oppose the presence of coalition forces (and 47 percent want U.S. and other coalition forces to leave Iraq immediately).
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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