The signs are indeed encouraging. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, and all that, though... watching out for Bush's parachute drop into Baghdad next weekend, though! Think he'll take down Zarqawi personally?
Time's ticking away, though. I would have thought if there was an October surprise it would have happened by now. Even so, I think that if he did manage do pull a bedraggled, reluctant militant out of a hat at this point, a case could be made by Mr. Kerry along the lines of "a hydra has many heads." Maybe not the most convincing case, but a case all the same.