The surge is well underway in Iraq, and by some reports it's already making a big difference. Glenn Reynolds and Helen Smith contacted the blogosphere's man-on-the-spot in Baghdad, Michael Yon, by satellite phone, and got his take on how things are going. Click "More..." to listen. Brought to you by Volvo.
The Glenn and Helen Show: Michael Yon Reports on the Surge
Some important bits: The dispersal of troops out of big bases and into Iraqi neighborhoods has had a big impact — somewhat like the “community policing” approach in New York and elsewhere — and is generating a lot more intelligence and assistance from ordinary Iraqis. “Just being there makes a huge difference,” says Yon. But don’t expect overnight results: “The surge itself will go on well past summer,” and it’ll be Fall before we can tell if the trends are good or bad.