blogenlust
12.20.2004

Deuling Storylines


White House Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, yesterday on ABC's This Week:
"Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a spectacular job."..."The President has provided good direction for our military, and Secretary Rumsfeld is transforming our military to meet the threats of the 21st Century."..."There are no guarantees, but we'll work hard to provide security. It'll be a wonderful success story."
The CIA, the DIA, and the State Department (make sure to read the whole article), to President Bush:
WASHINGTON - The CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the State Department have warned President Bush that the United States and its Iraqi allies aren't winning the battle against Iraqi insurgents who are trying to derail the country's Jan. 30 elections, according to administration officials. The officials, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity because intelligence estimates are classified, said the battle in Iraq wasn't lost and that successful elections might yet be held next month. But they said the warnings -including one delivered this week to Bush by CIA Director Porter Goss - indicated that U.S. forces hadn't been able to stop the insurgents' intimidation of Iraqi voters, candidates and others who want to participate in the elections. "We don't have an answer to the intimidation," one senior official said. Nor have the United States and interim Iraqi government been able to find any divisions they can exploit to divide and conquer the Sunni Muslim insurgency, the intelligence reports say.
The reason we don't have an answer to the intimidation is that we don't have enough boots on the ground to secure order. As a result, we've created an increasingly confident and brazen insurgency that knows we're spread too thin to effectively stop them. Hopefully, I don't have to remind anyone that it was Secretary "I'm too busy to give a shit" Rumsfeld's "spectacular work" that created this situation.