The widely anticipated report, to be released soon, grades the Iraqi government as satisfactory on eight of 18 goals set by the U.S. Congress. It showed that on eight of the benchmarks Baghdad's performance was unsatisfactory, and mixed on two others
I would say that's significant if not perfect progress, and contrasts highly to the reports last weekend that no goals had been met.
Of course it was just last October that Al-Anbar was written off as lost in the Devlin report, and November that General Hayden was reporting the situation was irreversible, so maybe things changed in the 2 days between the previous report of no progress to now.
Iraq, Surge, Bush, Politics