I find it more than a bit disconcerting when a prospective future President starts citing the wisdom of the very people he's called "radical extremists" or worse (McCain says US succeeding in Iraq). This is the same guy that used planes full of innocent people as ballistic misslies, isn't it? Now McCain's quoting bin Laden's sage assessment of the war in Iraq as justification for continuation of this disaster? Have we entered Bizzaro World?
McCain claims that the US surge is working, but many other reports indicate that likely it isn't. The success that the American's have had over the past year have been contingent on three factors: the increase in US troop levels; Muqtada al-Sadr's truce, and the Sunni "Awakening movement. Well, it seems that al-Sadr has finished rearming his Mahdi Army and is now ready to begin hostilities. The Awakening is likely only a temporary phenomenon, contingent on America's willingness to keep Sunni insurgents on the payroll. For a Canadian perspective on the current realities on the ground in Iraq you can also read Mark MacKinnon's "Back to Baghdad" at the G&M.
The bottom line is that the surge isn't really working in any meaningful way. Quoting bin Laden isn't going to change that. If McCain is really hanging is presidential bid on his foreign policy strength this isn't demonstrating that strength.