Maybe it's working
NBC News tonight had a "success story" from Iraq; Jim Avila reported on an area of Baghdad formerly known as "Saddam City," which has gone from a crime-ridden area to an example of how Iraqi self-government can work. The US military is present, but focuses primarily on reconstruction efforts, leaving policing & patroling to the Iraqi police force there, which apparently is doing a admirable job of keeping the peace.
I wonder if the noise being made in the blogosophere and other places is having an effect.
(Go to Instapundit for more on the coverage of Iraq.)