Via Froomkin & Sadly, No! today.

First, the bitch:

Charles Krauthammer writes in his Washington Post opinion column that “there is simply no denying the remarkable improvements in Iraq since the surge began a year ago.

“Unless you’re a Democrat. As Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) put it, ‘Democrats have remained emotionally invested in a narrative of defeat and retreat in Iraq.’ . . .

Then, the slap!

This is one of [Mike Kinsley] better efforts:

Imagine that you had been told in 2003 that when George W. Bush finished his second term, dozens of American soldiers and hundreds of Iraqis would be dying violently every month; that a major American goal would be getting the Iraqi government to temper its “debaathification” campaign so that Saddam Hussein’s former henchmen could start running things again (because they know how); and that “only” 100,000 American troops would be needed to sustain this equilibrium.

You might have several words to describe this situation, but “success” would not be one of them.