In reading more articles which relate to my previous post and the situation in Fallujah, a common report is that the Marines will pull back in order to have an Iraqi force start engaging in security operations. This is actually a good sign. If things do not get to the state where local forces can handle the security situation, there really is no hope. I consider it better to find out whether we’re there yet while the Iraqis can be backed up by the Coalition better than wondering about it till the hand off. Moreover, the earlier we detect problems the more time there is fix them. We have to do this sometime - why not now?