On the outside, the surge looks like the best thing to happen to Bush since god told him to kill all the people with funny lookin towels on their heads. But if anyone took a closer look, they'd find that things are still spiraling out of control. First off, Bush claims Sectarian violence is down because they've stopped counting car bombs, same sect killings (sunni vs sunni, shi'ite vs shi'ite etc) and gunshots to the front of the head as "Sectarian violence." Secondly, the deal that Bush made with the devil to secure Anbar was already in the works 18 months ago. His plan? Arm and support the local Sunni militias, the same ones that were previously designated as enemy combatants and responsible for killing Americans, in the hopes that they'll keep their killing on the down low. The Prime Minister opposes this plan, American experts oppose this plan and anyone with half a brain should too, since the threat these militias pose/will pose to the Baghdad government (the one that we should be supporting) is tremendous. Another thing that's curved the violence is the lose of Al-Qaeda's influence. The only reason they were tolerated in the first place is because they were anti-American, and the insurgents needed all the help they could get. But now even the militias are getting tired of their civilians bombings because they no longer need Al-Qaeda and view their bombings as resource draining. Did the troops help at all? Yes, but violence spiked in other areas, and the success of the surge is increadibly inflated so that when the violence spikes as next democratic president pulls the plug on this insane operation and stops lying about the real numbers on the ground, Bush can easily throw the blame on them and wash his hands of this mess.