In a letter to American troops in Iraq, General Petraeus told them the goal of significant political progress in Iraq “has not worked out as we had hoped.” He indicated in a letter to the Boston Globe that some troops might be redeployed before the end of the year and he does not anticipate the need for further troops.
A basic problem with the famous “surge” is the inability to determine if having more troops will lead to temporary results, but what happens when those troops leave Iraq? It is obvious without a political solution, a surge will only have temporary changes. Terrorists know all they have to do is hold off for a few months before resuming large scale attacks. That is the history of insurgency.