While agreeing with the administration that violence [in Iraq] has decreased sharply, a report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office concluded that many other goals Bush outlined a year and a half ago in the "New Way Forward" strategy remain unmet.The rest is here.
The report, after a bleak GAO assessment last summer, cited little improvement in the ability of the Iraqi security forces to act independently of the U.S. military, and noted that key legislation passed by the Iraqi parliament had not been implemented while other crucial laws had not been passed. The report also judged that key Iraqi ministries spent less of their allocated budgets last year than in previous years, and said that oil and electricity production had repeatedly not met U.S. targets.
To be clear, I think the evidence in the drop of violence does not point to "the surge" but two main factors: "same sect" defensive enclaves being formed out of the formerly diverse neighborhoods which has dramatically cut down violence coupled with a truce between Shite Clerics who were fighting for power. A third factor, of lesser importance, but probably with some significance, is the US bribing Sunni's to not attack them.
The wing-nuts won't see it. Like a bunch of petty-Hitler's, they're all in their bunkers dreaming of glorious victories just around the corner.