Obama is telling Bill O'Reilly that the surge succeeded "beyond our wildest dreams" and "in ways that nobody anticipated."
Well, we think that General Petraeus probably dreamed and anticipated as much. Maybe even John McCain, who can rightly claim to be the first in Congress to advocate more boots on the ground (SWNID sadly recalls his own inclinations to flirt with Bidenian partition of Iraq before converting to aggressive anti-insurgency). Not that Petraeus and McCain are "anybody."
Nevertheless, Obama is wise to get this out of the way. Good grief, Anbar Province was just handed over to the Iraqi security forces. It would be best for Obama not to continue pressing the war's impending failure in October, when American troops are busy organizing trick-or-treats in Baghdad.