Having noticed that Bush has twice in the last month (on 5/1 and 5/22) hailed developments in Iraqi politics as "turning points" in the war there, I thought I'd try to find out just how many turning points there have been. So I did a couple of quick Lexis searches, restricted to the New York Times and the Washington Post. It turns out that, in addition to turning points, there have also been quite a few "milestones." In particular:
July 2003: formation of temporary governing council is an "important milestone."
June 2004: the handover of sovereignty is a "turning point."
January 2005: Iraqi elections were both a "turning point" and a "milestone."
August 2005 and/or October 2005 (not sure if one date is wrong, or, if both are right, whether they relate to different stages): adoption of Iraqi constitution and/or progress towards adoption thereof were "milestones."
December 2005 - Iraqi parliamentary elections were a "major milestone."
Then most recently we have 5/1/06 and 5/22/06, both involving "turning points" that I believe were not exactly the same.
Wow, things are sure going well out there.