Hanging out at Jeff Goldstein's blog I came across a link to this piece. It serves as a reminder that the people who are covering the war are trying to do it the same way we are trying to fight the war, on the cheap. It is impossible to believe anything that comes out of the mainstream press from Iraq simply because you cannot be sure where the information comes from. Most news organizations in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East are in the habit of using local stringers and anonymous sources, without any background checks. Subsequently you get misleading headlines like "15 Dead in Iraqi Mayhem" without any explaination as to how many of the dead were militia, al-queda or what?
I don't have a lot of time to mess around today, but if you're adventurous you can go to the White House web site, where they have every word that Bush has ever uttered in public about the new Iraq War policy. Try to find where he calls it a "surge".
Trust No One