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This is what a cakewalk looks like: Multiply top photo by uncounted tens of thousands, multiply bottom photo by more than 3,000, add hundreds of thousands of walking wounded on both sides who will never fully recover.
But we're making progress. President Bush said so just today.
Together, we've carried out aggressive operations against both Shia and Sunni extremists; carried out operations against al Qaeda terrorists. We've uncovered large caches of weapons and destroyed two major car bomb factories that were located on the outskirts of Baghdad.Thank you, Mr. President. Now we understand.
I want to stress that this operation is still in the early stages, it's still in the beginning stages. Fewer than half of the troop reinforcements we are sending have arrived in Baghdad. The new strategy will need more time to take effect. And there will be good days, and there will be bad days ahead as the security plan unfolds.