The Carpetbagger Report
It’s getting worse
The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq was such a thorough undertaking, it couldn’t even be completed in time for the president to launch a new escalation policy (which, presumably, would be based in part on the NIE). Given the six months of painstaking work from the entire intelligence community, this would finally be a complete take on conditions, progress, and stability in Iraq.
So, where are we? Nowhere good.
Iraq at Risk of Further Strife, Intelligence Report Warns :: Washington Post
A long-awaited National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, presented to President Bush by the intelligence community yesterday, outlines an increasingly perilous situation in which the United States has little control and there is a strong possibility of further deterioration, according to sources familiar with the document.
In a discussion of whether Iraq has reached a state of civil war, the 90-page classified NIE comes to no conclusion and holds out prospects of improvement. But it couches glimmers of optimism in deep uncertainty about whether the Iraqi leaders will be able to transcend sectarian interests and fight against extremists, establish effective national institutions and end rampant corruption.
The document emphasizes that although al-Qaeda activities in Iraq remain a problem, they have been surpassed by Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence as the primary source of conflict and the most immediate threat to U.S. goals. Iran, which the administration has charged with supplying and directing Iraqi extremists, is mentioned but is not a focus.
More links to this issue...
Taylor Marsh •
AMERICAblog • Reason Magazine • CANNONFIRE • State Of The Day • Bush tried to stop this NIE