Apparently, the Iraq war hasn’t been lost after all. Just as the anti-war pols on the Hill are making another attempt to pull the plug (better described as snatching defeat from the jaws of victory), even Newsweek must admit that there has been progress:

“[T]he following observations do not come so much from the brass: Al Qaeda in Iraq is starting to look like a spent force, especially in Baghdad. The civil war is in the midst of a huge, though nervous, pause. Most Shiite militias are honoring a truce. Iran appears to have stopped shipping deadly arms to Iraqi militants. The indigenous Sunni insurgency has declared for the Americans across broad swaths of the country, especially in the capital.”