For nearly three years now Milwaukee Journal Sentinel right-wing guy Patrick McIlheran has enthusiastically declared we're winning in Iraq (as has Charlie Sykes) only to find that reality hasn't caught up with his assertions. McIlheran, whose understanding of Iraq seems to be shaped largely by upbeat stories from neocon Fouad Ajami, never learns from his mistakes. Instead, he just reasserts them after a decent interval when he thinks everyone's forgotten.
So on March 19, McIlheran again declares victory with a post title "What Victory Looks Like" (critics of Bush's War are denounced as people "who wanted to see this country take a loss," classy stuff).
Only less than two weeks later, however, "victory" -- maybe defined as relative peace -- again proves to be a chimera as utterly predictable tensions between the Shiite-led government and the well-armed Sunni Sons of Iraq are turning violent. But, to Patrick McIlheran, it all smells like victory.