The Beeb is reporting on military action in Baghdad that appears to be an early wave of the new anti-insurgent strategy in Iraq. In sum, the good guys take the neighborhood, clear the neighborhood of bad guys and then stay there to keep them from coming back. In classic anti-insurgency style, this activity moves outward from key points, like a spreading inkblot on a piece of paper.
For those who said that a surge is not a new strategy, here's the proof otherwise. For those who said it should have happened long ago, well, they may be right, but it's too late to do it long ago.
And let's hope that if this initiative meets with a measure of success, Bush's opponents will show enough sense not to insist that troops be withdrawn willy-nilly despite the success.