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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Damning Report on Iraq

Bush's sunny public optimism on Iraq is sharply at odds with a pessimistic picture of the situation found in the National Intelligence Estimate, presented to the president this past summer by the National Intelligence Council. Blockquote

AP reports that:
[T]he council looked at the political, economic and security situation in the war-torn country and determined that — at best — stability in Iraq would be tenuous, a U.S. official said late Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
At worst, the official said, were "trend lines that would point to a civil war."

The New York Times also ran a story, noting that:

President Bush, who was briefed on the new intelligence estimate, has not significantly changed the tenor of his public remarks on the war's course over the summer.

Again, the public is faced with a president who, when faced with unpleasant facts about his failed policies, simply lies about them.

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