Dear Dairy:

Remember last month how we said Ninevah could shift to Iraqi control as early as this month? Well, good news-bad news: it has, but the Iraqi hands it has fallen into are al Qaeda’s. Still, it feels good to be proven right for once.

There are some bumps, I guess you’d call ‘em—as many as 500 Iraqi civilians killed in bomb attacks in the last couple days—but hopefully this will show critics the need to keep a continued forceful presence there to fight the unending supply of new terrorist recruits emerging in response to our continued forceful presence there.

Note to self: read up on this ‘hydra’ folks keep likening the insurgency to.