Petraeus Takes the Beltway: Political progress–in Iraq and the U.S–follows military success.

Remarkable, I thought it might just be worthless Seattle papers. Not true, it’s nationwide:

So the two men best qualified to give an honest and comprehensive account of events in Iraq have marched through Congress to say–and show–that the surge is working and America’s goals are still within reach. Yet it’s a sign of the U.S. political debate that their evidence of progress seemed to make the headlines in none of our leading news sources yesterday.

Instead, the “news” seems to be that General David Petraeus has recommended that some 5,000 U.S. troops can rotate out of Iraq by the end of this year, and that U.S. forces might be able to return to pre-surge levels by next July if progress continues. That’s no small matter, but it obscures the larger message of the testimony by the General and Ambassador Ryan Crocker. To wit: The U.S. is gaining ground in Iraq–often in the least expected of ways.