Glenn Greenwald does an excellent job in this post summarizing General Petraeus history of claims of “huge” progress in Iraq. Although, Petraeus said some troops will come home in March. This is not necessarily a sign of success of the surge, it is rather a sign that the troop levels are unsustainable. One might call the administrations take on it: spin. Declaring something that they had to do anyway as a indication that they are convinced of the success of their strategy.
Here is Mr. Greenwald making his case.