Answer: Not so much goodness, here.
BAGHDAD, Iraq | The U.S-led campaign to curb violence in Baghdad neighborhood by neighborhood has failed, and American officials are looking for a new strategy, a top U.S. military official said Thursday.The clear-and-hold strategy was - or should be - the last hope for any kind of stability in Baghdad. And it's failed so badly that even the military won't lie about it anymore.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said that instead of quelling violence, the campaign, code-named Operation Forward Together, had contributed to a spike in U.S. military deaths.
The operation "has not met our overall expectations of sustaining a reduction in the levels of violence," Caldwell said. "We are working very closely with the government of Iraq to determine how best to refocus our efforts."
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Iraq, the Mahdi army has taken over the town of Amara. There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not the Brits are going to try and take it back from them, or let the Iraqi "government" do it. Even worse, it seems that this is just the latest indication of Sadr losing control of his own forces.