General David Petraeus, in anticipation of the release of his (or the White House’s) report next week, has just issued a letter to the troops in Iraq. In the letter (of which I’ve obtained a copy), he essentially says what everyone expects him to say. However, he made one comment that I found rather striking considering the circumstances: On the second page, with regard to "tangible political progress" on the ground and "national reconciliation," Petraeus says, "It has not worked out as we had hoped."
I’ve included screen shots of the letter below.
UPDATE: You can now read the letter on the official Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) website here.