The headlines in this morning's newspapers were filled with pessimism over Iraq. My local paper led with: "Basra Effort Falters. Al-Sadr Orders Defiance; U.S. Jets Hit Militia." The story went on to talk about the "faltering" Iraqi government offensive, and how Prime Minister al-Maliki may have "miscalculated" with his offensive.
I could sense the anticipated joy on the part of the liberal media and the Democrats, thinking that this was the beginning of the end of good news coming out of Iraq.
Ah, what a difference a few hours makes. Now the headlines read "Sadr offers a cease fire in Iraq."