I saw a news story today suggesting that the U.S. military thinks things are going better in Ramallah than before. Perhaps that's so, but perhaps it's a temporary situation -- the "surge" looked to be leading to lower levels of violence until this week, when several blasts killed hundreds of Iraqis in a single day. Do you wonder that Iraqis look at the attention paid to the Virginia Tech shooting -- not that it wasn't uniquely horrendous for this country -- and wonder what Americans would do if we had steady casualties anywhere near close to what they are sustaining?
Unfortunately, I suspect that the negative trends in Iraq outweigh the positive. Here's a link to a piece I did last week for Antiwar.com that explains some of the longer-term reasons for that opinion.