Of course, the new approach, however sensible, presumes that U.S. troop strength will not decline substantially for the remainder of Bush's term.
New Strategy for War Stresses Iraqi Politics - washingtonpost.com: "'Our notion of 'reconciliation' . . . is not necessarily where Iraqis are at right now,' said Kilcullen, explaining that the word has no equivalent in Arabic. 'The tribal and community leaders I talk to are more pragmatic and are looking for a compact or a settlement that brings an end to the violence. Restoring relationships is separate.'"
Try "sulha," which precisely means reconciliation.