Friday, October 20, 2006

Cheney Says Iraq Government "Off To A Good Start," And "Doing Remarkably Well." Sadly, The News From Iraq Doesn't Match The Spin

"I think there’s some natural level of concern out there because in fact, you know, it wasn’t over instantaneously. It’s been a little over three years now since we went into Iraq, so I don’t think it’s surprising that people are concerned. ... (T)his government has only been in office about five months, five or six months now. They’re off to a good start. It is difficult, no question about it. ... If you look at the general overall situation, they’re doing remarkably well."

-- Vice President Cheney, on the fledgling Iraq government, Oct. 17

Or it may be that there was a "natural level of concern" because the insurgency is not in the "last throes," as Cheney said last year, and then redefined in comments in June.

Or maybe the "natural level of concern" comes because earlier this year, Cheney either lied or showed unconscionable ignorance when he suggested no one "anticipated the level of violence" from an Iraqi insurgency. In fact, many respected people anticipated the possibility of a violent resistance -- but the administration ignored those people, just as they ignored generals who said they needed more troops on the ground to fight the insurgency.

But beyond Cheney and his recent history of spin (read: lies), the facts on the ground in Iraq simply don't support the idea that the fledgling Iraq government is "doing remarkably well."

The sad news from last night and this morning is the latest example:

The Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr seized total control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah this morning in one of the boldest acts of defiance yet by one of the country's powerful, unofficial armies, witnesses and police said.

The Mahdi Army fighters stormed three main police stations, planting explosives that flattened the buildings, residents said.

About 800 black-clad militiamen with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers were patrolling city streets in commandeered police vehicles, eyewitnesses said. Other fighters had set up roadblocks on routes into the city and sound trucks circulated telling residents to stay indoors.

Fighting broke out in Amara on Thursday after the head of police intelligence in the surrounding province, a member of the rival Shiite Badr Brigade militia, was killed by a roadside bomb, prompting his family to kidnap the teenage brother of the local head of the a-Madhi Army.

The Mahdi Army seized several police stations and clamped a curfew on the city in retaliation.


Anonymous sam sarrha said...

he checked his Halliburton $tock prices and thing$ are going GREAT !!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous subterranean said...

Yes, things are going remarkably well for Halliburton.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous rfranklin said...

That's not even the half of it! Millions of barrels of Iraqi oil are being pumped and stolen while no one meters the output. Those Halliburton contracts are peanuts in comparison.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous badgerprop said...

Gas has dropped about ninety cents a gallon in Billings.

For some reason, I'm still not tempted to vote Repuklican, however... SARCASM

3:03 PM  
Anonymous NCevilDUer said...

But the Badr militia is anti-Sunni, and anti-Baathist.

That makes them the good guys.


You know, right/wrong, black/white is real hard when there are fifteen sides to a conflict.

3:03 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Woodward's book should have made it crystal clear even to those who have been in a comatose these last six years that the role of the Bush team is not to tell the the truth to the American people or to face reality. It is rather to be an unrelenting cheerleader for whatever policy the administration has defecated upon civilization, no matter how misguided or destructive.

3:28 PM  

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