The man of the moment that shapes our times, or an ultimately insignificant speed bump standing in the path of an inevitable maelstr??m?
On the fifth anniversary of the start of the war, the progress attributed to the surge included a measurable drop in bombings, sectarian violence, Iraqi civilian deaths and US combat deaths. Across all categories, the grim metrics of war were down by more than 60% from the highs of 2004. But will this improved security continue after the brigades are sent home this summer? Has Petraeus helped the Iraqis turn a corner or has he merely forestalled catastrophe?
Your point of view on that question will much depend, I suppose, on what it is you hope for.