We all know that this has little to do with whether or not a political compromise among the factions sects and communities will emerge, but even in that area there have been signs of improvement of late.
None of this helps McCain with his belligerent tone about Iraq.
The improved results in the war are largely the result of improved coalition recognition of the fragmented nature of the insurgent forces and a developed willingness to make use of that fragmentation. (There will be moaning about the "Insincerity" of conversions, etc.)
McCain and the rest of his "crew" continue to insist or imply (this varies) that Al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI) is the enemy, the only enemy, and that a US withdrawal will lead to AQI control of Iraq.
I suppose that the cognitive dissonance involved in the contrast between the actual situation and his rhetorical position has not been noticed as yet.
For the record, AQI numbers a couple of thousand people. They are Sunni takfiri fighters who are completely unacceptable to the heavily armed Shia masses as well as to the great majority of Sunnis. The Sunnis discovered that they did not wish to live under takfiri rule and that is what caused the "Awakening," not our bloody money!
In other words there is NO CHANCE that AQI is going to "take over" Iraq.
Does McCain know this or not? pl