That's all well and good, except for the fact that the man the president has chosen to be his "war czar" seems to understand things exactly the other way around.
At his confirmation hearing yesterday, Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute told Sen. Evan Bayh that, "in the absence of some kind of political and economic steps that are before the Iraqi government now, if they don't make progress on those sorts of reconciliation measures . . . we're not likely to see much difference in the security situation."
And how's that progress coming along? Lute said the Iraqis have "a very full agenda and have shown, so far, very little progress."