The Bush administration has long insisted that news stories about violence in Iraq obscure the progress that is being made on the political front.
Perhaps it's time to put that story to rest.
In an extraordinarily gloomy report from Baghdad, Reuters correspondent Mariam Karouny says that Iraqi leaders have "all but given up on holding the country together." Among the ideas now on the table: Divide Baghdad into two zones, one for Shiites and one for Sunnis, in the hopes of stopping the bloodshed between the two.
The harsh words from one unnamed government official: "Iraq as a political project is finished."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.