THE PLANK JULY 30, 2007
Greg Sargent notices that Michael O'Hanlon's rosy assessment of the surge in the New York Times today seems to be at odds with a not-so-rosy assessment of the surge he put together for Brookings last week.
Update: A commenter points out that these pieces don't necessarily contradict--maybe O'Hanlon changed his mind after writing the Brookings report. Maybe. In one important way, though, O'Hanlon's two pieces are quite consistent: Both suggest that there has been zero progress on the political front in Iraq. The difference is that the Brookings report argues that this is a big deal (trumping everything else) and suggests that the chances of things improving are slim. The New York Times op-ed, by contrast, plays it down--and for no apparent reason.