DER SPIEGEL: “The U.S. military in Iraq is more successful than anyone wants to believe.”

Well, for certain values of the word “anyone,” anyway. At German blog Medienkritik, the reaction is this:

As a long-time observer of the publication, my first reaction to reading this on SPIEGEL ONLINE was: Are they on drugs?! – this directly contradicts everything they’ve reported for the past four years! My second reaction was: Have they finally gotten off the drugs?! Maybe reality is finally starting to sink in!

Keep in mind that less than a year ago, Der SPIEGEL published a magazine cover (depicted below) declaring Iraq a “Lost War”.

There seems to be a lot of turnabout going on, all of a sudden.