The Iraq conundrum

Robert Burns is a military writer for the AP. He has made 18 visits to Iraq since 2003. Based on what he saw on his most recent visit, which lasted two weeks, Burns reports that “the new U.S. military strategy in Iraq, unveiled six months ago to little acclaim, is working” and that “the war has entered a new phase in its fifth year.”
According to Burns,

The U.S. military, partnering in many instances with Iraqi forces, is now creating [a] security cushion