General Petraeus will be testifying to Congress Monday. Tell your Congressman to ask him about this:
General David Petraeus, the commander of United States forces in Iraq, admitted on Friday that sending 30 000 more troops into the war zone in January had failed to yield the desired results. "It has not worked out as we had hoped," the general said.[..]
"Many of us had hoped this summer would be a time of tangible political progress at the national level," Petraeus wrote. "All participants, Iraqi and coalition alike, are dissatisfied by the halting progress on major legislative initiatives," he wrote.
Though he seems to be saying something different to the press:[..]
"Based on the progress our forces are achieving, I expect to be able to recommend that some of our forces will be redeployed without replacement," he told the Boston Globe by email on Friday.... "Few of these political solutions would have been possible without the improved security provided by coalition and Iraqi forces."