You didn’t know they’d stopped asserting themselves, right?

U.S. moves to reassert itself in Iraq affairs

U.S. officials are taking a more central and visible role in mediating among political factions, pushing for the government to be more inclusive and helping resuscitate public services. At the same time, Washington is maintaining pressure on Iraqi officials to upgrade the nation’s fledgling security forces.

Translation: The insurgency is gaining strength fast, so let’s let Iraqi soldiers get killed, not us. All in all, a sign the war is going very badly for Bush indeed.