The second was a statement by the local commander in the west of Iraq. He stated that he didn't need more troops. He views his mission as a training mission, and not a pacification mission.
His mission is to train, he said. If his mission was to change and that to be to win, then his metrics, his troop numbers would have to change.
I would have thought that winning would be mission number one. A peaceful, stable platform would make training much easier, and make recruiting and retention much more successful. The fact that he doesn't consider beating the insurgents part of his mission does explaining how the military leadership can continue to claim they don't need more troops, even while the situation in Iraq continues to decay.
So today, another 60 + bodies have been recovered, more US troops died, and the administration and the leaders of the military claim they don't need more troops in country.
At least now we know why, they are not fighting this war to win, they are just trying to limit the decay while they train Iraqi troops.