The “surge” is working. That is, if you count the number of deaths in the “right” way:
a body found with a gunshot to the front of the head is classified as an ordinary crime, while a body with a gunshot to the back of the head is attributed to sectarian violence.
Bill Maher mentioned this last Friday, but I thought he was joking.
I wish I had something witty to add, but it’s just too depressing.