But what I have seen and read today on Genreal Patraeus's testimony, it is 100% predictable... First, we need to stay the course.... This is the same story that has been bung for years. Second, We are making progress... Do you know how mnay times this administration and this military has claimed we are making progress... Kind of reminds one of the story of the boy who cried wolf... Third, the progress is in Anbar province.... This is the province that progress was being cited in in January when they announced the surge.. So why is the surge supposed to be responsible for this, when on 4,000 extra troops went there... What about the 26,000 who went to Bahgdad? What does this mean... It means we have sent thousands of troops and spend billions of dollars and the end result is a few spots of increased security.. However people are still being killed in sectarian violence and the Government of Iraq is not making progress on taking control of the country. The problem in Iraq is not a military one! The sectarian violence is only going to be solved by a political compromise. General Patraeus is only going to accurately report on the military mission and the deaths involved... This is not the right person to discuss the diplomatic efforts of this country... But that is the big problem, that there is no leading diplomatic effort to push the Iraqi government to make compromises to restore peace.. And if there is such a diplomatic effort, it might be more suitable to be lead by someone other than the USA. So this whole "september progress report" is a non event. It is a continuation of the same road that has led us to knowhere. It does not answer any questions about how to create a peaceful Iraq or to present a plan to end a "war" that is really a police action quagmire.