And though I hesitate to question Ware -- who's on the ground in Iraq -- the truth, I suspect, is most likely closer to what one Marine told W. Thomas Smith Jr., from National Review Online: "It's not all doom and gloom here. There are some good, progressive things happening, which are rarely reported, and I will explain in the coming days. But there also are a lot of bad things happening that don't make the nightly cut."
A delicate mix of both good and bad is the reality of the ongoing surge in Iraq. Media, politicians and citizens must now recognize the few truths -- good or bad -- we receive from Baghdad and stop the uninformed, partisan finger-pointing.