If you went by the headlines, you would think Iraq was a lost cause. The press breathlessly tells us how the "Violent Cycle of Revenge Stuns Iraqis" and "More Clashes Shake Iraq; Political Talks Are in Ruins "(NY Times), or "Reprisals kill scores in Baghdad" (WaTimes) or "A Nation Teeters on Brink of Civil War" (LA Times). They aren't so quick to tell you about this or this or this.
I understand the old news adage "If it bleeds, it leads", but really. Just once I would like to see some of the Good News out of Iraq lead. There is progress being made over in Iraq. The media needs to start writing about it.
If you want to know what is really going on in Iraq, you need to be a better consumer of the news. Do not rely on our friends in the MSM. Instead, rely on the word of people who are living through the good and the bad in Iraq. I recommend sites like Iraq the Model or any of the other Iraqi blogs listed on their blogroll.