From todays Washington Post:
Current U.S. military commanders say they have come to understand that they are fighting within a political context, which means the results must first be judged politically. The pace and shape of the war also have changed, with U.S. forces trying to exercise tactical patience and shift responsibilities to Iraqi forces, even as they worry that the American public’s patience may be dwindling.
That’s right folks, the light that you saw rising in the East this morning wasn’t the sun… it was the collective lightbulb of “US Commanders”.
Unfortunately it probably won’t make a whit of difference at this point… but hey, god bless’em for learning on the job, eh!