And hey, let's never say we at the Kung Fu Monkey aren't bi-partisan ... gotta love the Chuck.
If you've read Petraeus' new COIN Manual, the escalation is not enough to make a difference (you need 120k troops just in Baghdad). That is, the manual written by the guy running the escalation contradicts the escalation. If you even read Kagan's original plan for the escalation, he said we'd need twice as many troops as we're sending, and they'd need to stay longer than they're staying. I hope I'm wrong, but once again we need to repeat the great truism of military history: