I really need to read Wretchard at The Belmont Club more often: even though some of his stuff is too dense for me to parse (when I'm not feeling like getting deep into the intricacies of international politics) he also provides needed, granular analysis of the situation(s).
One of today's posts, Double or Nothing, provides some analysis of how an increase in troop levels does in fact reduce the amount of violence in Iraq. That might seem like a dumb thing to point out, but I've been hearing people say that increasing the troop levels in Iraq will only provide more targets for the terrorists.
However, casualty rates among Iraqis and soldiers alike are actually reduced by the increased troop numbers.
I also just finished listening to the exchange between Hillary and Gen. Abazaid, in which she told him that hope was not a strategy. He reminds her that despair isn't a strategy, either, and that when he is in Washington, he feels despair, unlike how he feels in Iraq when he talks to the actual people on the ground, including Iraqi leadership. They believe they can get the situation under control, with US help.