More like Alfred E. Newman and Petraeus. The military end of the surge was hugely successful the political end was an abysmal failure as highlighted by Maliki's incompetence and the failure to make any political progress.
The progress with the Sunni's was happening pre surge and what's missed is WE ARE PAYING THEM AND ARMING THEM. you think they aren't glad to get weaponry when they know the second we start leaving Iranian back elements like the Badr brigade will be in charge?
The U.S. military is in a three legged race. it is muscular, powerful, agile , successful, fearless, loyal and one leg is tied to an iraqi govt that is none of those things so it's forced to move in circles because it's partner wont move it's independent leg. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink and if you try you'll end up worn out avoiding being trampled