More on the dreamworld that is the Bush admin. They had the report on how badly things were going in Iraq in JULY and they are still seeing sweetness and light. When will the American people wake up from this nightmare. From CNN:
The Bush administration has sought to downplay the significance of a U.S. intelligence forecast painting a pessimistic picture for the future of Iraq, insisting that predictions of difficulties ahead — including the possibility of civil war — were not a surprise.
Sources have confirmed to CNN that a National Intelligence Estimate was sent to the White House in July with a classified warning predicting the best case for Iraq was “tenuous stability” and the worst case was civil war.
The Bush administration, however, continues to argue publicly the U.S. is making good progress in Iraq, with the President saying Thursday that “freedom is on the march” in Iraq, citing scheduled elections in January next year.
But the intelligence report raises serious questions about Iraq’s ability to achieve political solutions in the next year or two, noting the country’s “limited experience with representative government” and “history of violence”.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a report to the U.N. Security Council last week, said the persistent violence in Iraq would make it difficult to hold elections in January.
“I think that anybody that thinks that you can hold elections in the Sunni Triangle by the end of January is really smoking something,” military historian Frank Fukuyama said.