The rhetorical ruckus ignited by O’Hanlon and Pollack was partly a matter of timing, coming as the White House and military commanders argue that they need several more months to prove their latest strategy is working, while Democrats and even some Republicans in Congress say time will be up in September.
It was also partly due to their provocative conclusions: “Today, morale is high. … [T]hings look much better than before. … [A] new emphasis on micro loans and small-scale projects was having some success where the previous aid programs often built white elephants.”
Apparently, this is disturbing to those on the Left because it may ervive feelings of hope that the war could still be won. Hmm, I don't suppose that is the same objective of those who are doing the terrorist acts is it?
Both the Left and the terrorists seem to realize that perceptions are far more important than actual "ground truth."