Given President Obama's fierce opposition to the surge in Iraq, his stubbornunwillingness to acknowledge its success for the longest time, his dismissive attitudes toward political progress and reconciliation in Iraq, and his inability to understand the importance of succeeding there, today's announcement is somewhat heartening. There were plenty of reasons to think we could have seen worse.

Karl Rove joined Fox News Channel as a political contributor in February 2008. He also currently serves as a columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rove helped organize the political-action committee American Crossroads. His latest book is "The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters" (Simon & Schuster, 2015). Follow him on Twitter @KarlRove.