Like Yglesias and most other people, the Foreign Policy Leadership Council also believes in being reality-based. On its website, FPLC offers this information vis-a-vis the "progress" cited by McClellan:
Misperception No. 1: Violence has declined since the U.S. handed power to an Iraqi government in June 2004.
Reality: The number of American fatalities has increased every month since the June 28, 2004 transfer of sovereignty.
* Daily fatalities have increased more than 20%.
* The numbers of daily attacks against American troops have increased more than 50%. U.S. troops in Iraq are attacked an average 70 times a day.
* There are now wide areas of the Iraq known as “no-go zones” because they are too dangerous for even heavily armed U.S. troops.