The only difference this time is that it was Tony Blair, not President Bush, expressing unbridled optimism about a situation that is spinning out of control. From today's N.Y. Times:
Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain pledged his support for the Iraqi government in a surprise visit here on Sunday. Less than a mile from where he spoke, gunmen in police uniforms seized 25 employees of an Iraqi aid organization.
Mr. Blair said preparations to give control of Basra, the southern city where the British military is based, to Iraqi troops were “going well.”
... American trainers have seen police cars lost and uniforms stolen or sold, “so there is the possibility that [the kidnapping] could be sectarian in nature,” he said. “It also could be for ransom based on what you know goes on in this city.”
Abductees who are not released often end up dead, their bodies found in sewers and garbage dumps. Those bodies add to the daily death toll, which in Baghdad on Sunday was 32.