"Our troops are seeing this progress on the ground. And as they take the initiative from the enemy, they have a question: Will their elected leaders in Washington pull the rug out from under them just as they are gaining momentum and changing the dynamic on the ground in Iraq?" - president George W. Bush, depicting those who do not believe the surge has worked or can work as hostile to the troops. Meanwhile, the ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, assessed the state of the polity in Baghdad - whose transformation was the entire point of the surge - as "extremely disappointing."

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