In case you have not been following my advice to check out Iraq the Model for first hand commentary about changes in Baghdad security:
Baghdad Plan Update.
It looked quiet from my place...
This post offers a nice view of what actually occurred in the parliamentary debate, which was described very differently by the New York Times.
Sources: Operation Baghdad starts on February 5.
Update: 4:39PM The Democracy Project nails it:
No, the “surge” is not a magic bullet. Indeed, far more is needed, all up and down the line from military to diplomatic force. But, it is having some important results, even now when just starting. We should be demanding the far more that is needed.