Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Still lying to America

The GAO report on Iraq criticizes the administration for misleading and inaccurate measurement of progress in that country. An excerpt here from the article in yesterday's NY Times:

Newly declassified data in the report on countrywide attacks in May shows that increases in violence during March and April that were touched off by an Iraqi government assault on militias in Basra have given way to a calmer period. Numbers of daily attacks have been comparable to those earlier in the year, representing about a 70 percent decline since June 2007, the data shows.

While those figures confirm the assessments by American military commanders that many of the security improvements that first became apparent last fall are still holding, a number of the figures that have been used to show broader progress in Iraq are either misleading or simply incorrect, the report says.

Administration figures, according to the report, broadly overstate gains in some categories, including the readiness of the Iraqi Army, electricity production and how much money Iraq is spending on its reconstruction.
From start to finish, the administration's approach to war in Iraq has been covered in deception, encrusted with delusion.

If the surge is working, why do they still need to lie to us?

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posted at 7:40:00 AM by Neil

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