Meanwhile, an embedded reporter visiting Iraq for the first time notes the difference between media accounts and reality on the ground:
Everything I thought I knew was wrong.
Maybe not wrong, but certainly different than the picture in my head.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE: A little informal exit polling in Najaf.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Gateway Pundit notes that the BBC says we’ve achieved stability in Iraq, and observes: “that headline has more shock value than a bomb in Baghdad!” He’s got a big roundup, with photos and links to video.