This part is especially interesting:
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.Troops feel better when they ACT instead of merely react. I'd take the modern-day Ulysses Grant approach Petraeus is using to George Casey's McClellan tactics any day.
Now we just need a modern-day Sherman to go east from the Iraq-Iran border . . .