According to Zachary Constantino: "Suicide car bombers are wreaking havoc across Iraq. Congress is clamoring for the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the implementation of a clear 'exit strategy.' Assassins have murdered senior Iraqi clerics and government officials. From the perspective of most nightly news pundits, the situation is dire and rapidly deteriorating. Fortunately, history offers a far better and less hysteria-prone conception of recent events."