Depending on which set of statistics is being examined, the answer is uncertain and the question remains open to fierce debate. According to recent numbers, the military surge has yielded positive results, such as a decline in American military casualties and Iraqi civilians. Yet, other sources have shown that overall rates of violence remain high and 2007 has been the deadliest year for U.S. troops in Iraq. And if the surge of 30,000 troops has succeeded militarily, have there been any political gains? Guest host Oscar Garza asks, how much progress has been made since last Spring's surge and what comes next?
* Fred Kagan: Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
* GI Wilson: Retired USMC Infantry Colonel, Military analyst