There are signs of progress in Iraq: insurgent attacks have decreased by more than 60 percent since June because of the U.S. troops surge. However, it remains a very dangerous place. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker discusses 2007 and about new challenges in 2008.
Crocker said he is "cautiously optimistic" that in 2008 violence can continue to decline in Iraq, that economic activity can increase and that the government can deliver security, services and prosperity.