Three quick hits:
Gerald Ford told Bob Woodward in 2004 that George W. Bush made a mistake in invading Iraq. He stipulated that the comments couldn't be made public until after his death.
Forget a "surge." The more accurate word for what we want to avoid in Iraq is "escalate."
Meanwhile, Saddam sounds resigned to his fate and, in a letter to Iraqis, urges them "not to hate the nations that assaulted us.''