It's simple: at Reuters the US loses. Even when it's winning.
Couple that to the apparent trend of most defeatists to react from the gut and not from the brain, and it always looks bad in Iraq. The war in Iraq is not over by a long shot, we will be involved there for at least 3 more years, but slowly and with persistence, the situation becomes more favorable for the IRaqis and democracy.
Thanks for a great post.