Full quote: NY Times article ABC article, with the Petraeus slides On the other hand (from ABC article): Rep. Tom Lantos: What conclusion is to be drawn from this? Are these figures indicative of progress in Iraq? Or has Petraeus "cooked the books" as some have suggested? My analysis: Slide 3: I do not see any manipulation of data here. All the bars seem to represent 21 day periods, and there are enough data points to suggest an overall decline in violence. Slide 4: Inconclusive. There was a marked decrease in civilian casualties prior to the surge. Slide 7: Few data points, but suggest a decrease in IEDs since the start of the surge. Slide 8: Again, inconclusive. Anbar attacks had already begun a downward trend prior to the surge. Slide 9: I can't read any effect of the surge here.