Thursday, August 30, 2007

"Strikingly Negative" Iraq Report Leaked To Preempt White House Doctoring

From the WaPo, via the Huffington Post, here and a story by McClatchy's on the disagreement at the Pentagon preventing Commanders from making "a single, unified recommendation to President Bush during next month's strategy assessment, but instead will allow top commanders to make individual presentations." Story here.
"Overall," the report concludes, "key legislation has not been passed, violence remains high, and it is unclear whether the Iraqi government will spend $10 billion in reconstruction funds," as promised. While it makes no policy recommendations, the draft suggests that future administration assessments "would be more useful" if they backed up their judgments with more details and "provided data on broader measures of violence from all relevant U.S. agencies."

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