According to General Petreaus the troop surge in Iraq has made significant progress, "it's working" we were told a scant 4 days ago. The Iraqi people however disagree, and voiced their opposition to the General's assessment. In a bbcnews poll released the same day 70% of Iraqi's believed that the security situation in Iraq had deteriorated despite our increased presence in their country.
There was political wrangling and much gnashing of teeth in Washington as pundits debated who was closer to the truth, Petraeus or the Iraqi people.
Today, the point is moot. We now have fairly conclusive evidence that the latter was far more accurate, and that Iraqi's understand their country better than we do. Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who met with President Bush last week and was widely credited with the "Anbar Awakening", has been assassinated.