The Surge Worked. It set the Iraqi people free to build their own nation. THEY took this freedom and leapt for one another’s throats. That’s NOT a failure of the surge, that’s a failure of ISLAM. The Surge was the second time the Iraqi people did this; the first was right after Saddam fled for a spider hole. Instead of shake one another’s hands, they cut one another’s throats. This was not a failure of the Surge, it was a failure of ISLAM.