Kevin Drumm put up some numbers from the Brookings Institution comparing this year and last year to see if the surge is working. Unsurprisingly, in almost every objective, measurable way, things are worse now than they were in the summer of 2006.
Still, when Petraeus (who the washingtonpost.com calls "overrated") delivers his report on September 11, it seems likely that it will be tailored to say that we're making progress that isn't necessarily political or security-based. What's infuriating is that conservatives will just try to convince the moderates that we just need more time to allow the surge to "work."
If this is the rate that the surge is going at, things could be even worse next year.Cross-posted at campusprogress.org/blog.