The Map Room
Kagan, who works out of a modest office at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in downtown Washington, said he continues to think that the military portion of the surge will require until the end of the year before there is enough calm to get the various Iraqi factions to begin to sort out their differences on power and revenue sharing. He called the September report to Congress by the Administration little more than a progress report.Lots of infuriating images have come out of the past few years vis-a-vis Iraq. Fred Kagan hunched over maps and spinning his surge from a comfortable office on 17th Street ranks right up there.
Walking a reporter through what he believes to be the situation on the ground, Kagan unrolled two maps of greater Baghdad and delivered a before-and-after briefing on the surge.