What once was Barack Obama's top campaign boast, that he would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq quickly, no longer is a good talking point for the candidate. U.S. troops - and Iraqis - seem to have beaten him to the punch.
What irritated many Americans most about involvement in Iraq was the uncertainty. For a time, there seemed to be little light at the end of the tunnel, but that has changed.
U.S. and Iraqi officials revealed last week that they are discussing a "general time horizon" for withdrawal of American forces. And on Friday, the Iraqi army staged a show of strength in an area of Baghdad where its troops once feared to go: Sadr City.
The area is a stronghold of militia forces loyal to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who for years was responsible for a substantial amount of the violence in Iraq. But his Mahdi Army has been abiding by a truce for several months.
Progress is being made in Iraq. While that is forcing Obama to shift gears in his campaign for the presidency, it is good news.
And it is occurring, as supporters of U.S. involvement predicted, because of the work being done by American troops and the dedication of many courageous Iraqis to peace.