Tom Ricks, author of Fiasco, has an excellent series of reports on IEDs in Iraq in the Washington Post. One of the most notable trends is a chart showing the number of IED events since 2003. The number is five or six times higher in 2006 and 2007 than it was in the first six months after the invasion. Recall, that was the time when Rumsfeld was dismissing the insurgency as the death throes of “Dead Enders.” In 2003, there probably was some chance to restore order, assuming we had any end game for what a good Iraq government looked like. Of course, we did not, so these tactical discussions may themselves be a bit of a distraction from the entire operation which was flawed from the get go insofar as it aimed to protect America and reform the Middle East by giving the Iraqis a democratic government.