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June 5, 2005

Define “last”

Sunday’s Washington Post on those “last throes:”

Military commanders in Iraq privately told a visiting congressional delegation last week that the United States is at least two years away from adequately training a viable Iraqi military but that it is no longer reasonable to consider augmenting U.S. troops already strained by the two-year operation, said Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.). “The idea that the insurgents are on the run and we are about to turn the corner, I did not hear that from anybody,” Biden said in an interview.
Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), who joined Biden for part of the trip, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and others are misleading Americans about the number of functional Iraqi troops and warned the president to pay more attention to shutting off Syrian and Iranian assistance to the insurgency. “We don’t want to raise the expectations of the American people prematurely,” he said.
…“I cannot say with any confidence that [Cheney’s assertion] is accurate,” said Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), a member of the House International Relations Committee. “I think it’s impossible to know how close we are to the insurgency being overcome.”

The Post also notes that “privately, some administration officials have concluded the violence will not subside through this year.”

I’m shocked.

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