This may hurt.
A new GAO report stops the White House spin on Iraq in its tracks. Golly, why couldn’t the Washington Post wait until the White House massages General David Petraeus‘s info into a suitable “progress report” to be released on 9/11?
Iraq is still unreasonably hot, and the White House is still blustery. I know, you don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows, but getting your hands on a GAO report draft helps. Here’s this morning’s story by Karen DeYoung and Thomas E. Ricks:
The strikingly negative GAO draft, which will be delivered to Congress in final form on Tuesday, comes as the White House prepares to deliver its own new benchmark report in the second week of September, along with congressional testimony from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. They are expected to describe significant security improvements and offer at least some promise for political reconciliation in Iraq.
And how’s that “surge” working for you?
The best news is that the number of whistleblowers in D.C. is increasing. That may slow the Bush regime’s spin enough that we can see what’s actually going on in Iraq. The story notes:
The person who provided the draft report to The Post said it was being conveyed from a government official who feared that its pessimistic conclusions would be watered down in the final version — as some officials have said happened with security judgments in this month’s National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. Congress requested the GAO report, along with an assessment of the Iraqi security forces by an independent commission headed by retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, to provide a basis for comparison with the administration’s scorecard. The Jones report is also scheduled for delivery next week.
Get ready for a mid-August rain of propaganda.