Today Bush is claiming that the escalation is working, but consider this.
Violence has fallen in Baghdad, where a joint U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown was in its third week. But U.S. military officials say insurgents have fled the capital for outlying areas, where attacks are on the rise. Direct attacks on U.S. forces in Diyala are up 70 percent since last July, according to figures provided by the U.S. military.
This was completely predictable, to everyone expect the folks in the Bush Administration.