Friday, March 23, 2007

Irag Reality Check

CNN reports Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam al-Zubaie was wounded in a suicide bombing inside his Baghdad compound, making this the second assassination attempt on a senior member of the U.S.-backed government in a month.

This follows the rocket attack inside the Green Zone Thursday which caused UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to duck behind a podium while holding a news conference with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Meanwhile, “The U.S. military’s faulty war plans and insufficient troops in Iraq left thousands and possibly millions of tons of conventional munitions unsecured or in the hands of insurgent groups after the 2003 invasion — allowing widespread looting of weapons and explosives used to make roadside bombs that cause the bulk of U.S. casualties,” according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday.

But The Decider continues to stay the course on Iraq anniversary talking points.

March 19, 2007: “There’s been good progress.”

March 19, 2006: “I’m encouraged by the progress.”

March 19, 2005: “Iraq’s progress toward political freedom has opened a new phase of our work there.”