Rep. Baird’s ‘real progress’ in Iraq.

On Friday, Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), who recently returned from a trip to Iraq, wrote an op-ed in the Seattle Times arguing that withdrawal from Iraq “has the potential to turn the initial errors into an even greater problem just as success looks possible.” From the New York Times, an example of such “success“:

“That’s real progress,” Mr. Baird said, though he confessed he did not tell his wife about the region’s nickname, the triangle of death, and said the whole scene was a little surreal. “You have your flak jacket on, and your Kevlar helmet and you’re surrounded by guys with automatic weapons as you’re standing there, talking to the mayor. And you realize there’s a dusty old car next to you and you’re saying, ‘God, I hope that doesn’t blow up.’