What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 7, 2006

Grave and Deteriorating

That's what the ISG says about Iraq.

Rush Limbaugh has already renamed the group the "Iraq SURRENDER Group.

Subtle, huh?

The New York Times:
A bipartisan commission warned Wednesday that “the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating,” and it handed President Bush both a rebuke for his current strategy and a detailed blueprint for a fundamentally different approach, including the pullback of all American combat brigades over the next 15 months.
A tidbit from the report:
The commission’s report included blistering critiques of current policy. It said, for example, that intelligence agencies had far too few people with an understanding of the roots of the insurgency in Iraq.

“We were told there are fewer than 10 analysts on the job at the Defense Intelligence Agency who have more than two years’ experience in analyzing the insurgency,” the report said.
Analysis from the Washington Post:
From the very first page, in which co-chairmen James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton scold that "our leaders must be candid and forthright with the American people," the bipartisan report is nothing less than a repudiation of the Bush administration's diplomatic and military approach to Iraq and to the whole region.
The report is replete with damning details about the administration's inept handling of Iraq. It notes, for instance, that only six people in the 1,000-person embassy in Baghdad can speak Arabic fluently. It recounts how the military counted 93 acts of violence in one day in July, when the group's own reexamination of the data found 1,100 acts of violence. "Good policy is difficult to make when information is systematically collected in a way that minimizes discrepancy with policy goals," the report says.
This is echoed in this article from the McClatchy papers(h/t to Talkingpointsmemo):
The Bush administration routinely has underreported the level of violence in Iraq in order to disguise its policy failings, the Iraq Study Group report said Wednesday.

The bipartisan group called on the Pentagon and the director of the U.S. intelligence community to immediately institute a new reporting system that provides "a more accurate picture of events on the ground."

The finding bolsters allegations by Democratic lawmakers and other critics that the Bush administration has withheld or misconstrued intelligence that conflicted with its Iraq policy while promoting data and claims that supported its positions.

Those allegations date back to President Bush's contention before the March 2003 U.S.-led invasion that Saddam Hussein was hiding illegal nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs. His claim proved to be unfounded.
Disgusting though hardly surprising.
On page 94 of its report, the Iraq Study Group found that there had been "significant under-reporting of the violence in Iraq." The reason, the group said, was because the tracking system was designed in a way that minimized the deaths of Iraqis.
So it was planned that way.

Again, disgusting though hardly surprising.


Minor Ripper said...

great post--thanks...don't know if you've seen this video of Ann Coulter, but it's pretty classic:

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Certainly, Ripper, you are not shocked to discover that Ann Coulter is sans clue? If you can force yourself to read through any single chapter of her inflammatory tripe, you will have no trouble finding multiple inaccuracies, falsehoods, and lies along with the loony invective.

One thing that puzzles me about her is that some folks seem to find her attractive. My daughter --a fellow Lefty I am proud to say -- calls her "Wingnut Barbie". I just can't see it at all. Whether or not you believe the rumors that she is actually an altered he, she strikes me as mannish in voice and mannerisms, and her face just doesn't do a thing for me. (Of course, this has nothing to do with her writing, which stinks on its own merits. Some Lefty women fall somewhat short of gorgeous as well, except for their minds and souls.)

xranger said...

Rocky, the way I look at Coulter is that she reminds me of the WWE wrestlers - the more explosive the performance (or diatribe) is good for her career. Any publicity is good publicity.

I prefer conservative writers (Peggy Nonnan, George Will to name a couple) that can put forth a well written essay that provokes thought or discussion. Coulter is much too explosive for me, and I don't think her ideas and thought lines do anything for the conservative cause.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Oh yeah. Her career is all about enhancing her career. But so what? Getting rich is the thing to which we all aspire.

My problem with Ann Coulter is that s/he debases political discussion for the entire country. A complete idiot can see what s/he is up to, but unfortunately most of her fans don't achieve that level of intellectual competence.

I have lost a lot of respect for George Will as a result of his coverage of the spat between Mr. Bush and Senator-Elect Webb. A good commentator must first be an ethical journalist, and he deliberately misreported the story to make his case.