Sunday, April 18, 2004

More Lying about Iraq by the Bush Administration Typing these constant headlines about lies in the Bush Administration is getting really tiring. But considering the situation Bush's policy has left American troops in it is nothing. At his public display of sleep apthnia on Tuesday night, the Preznit continued to push the ever tiring Administration line: The violence we have seen is a power grab by these extreme and ruthless elements. It's not a civil war. It's not a popular uprising. Most of Iraq is relatively stable. Most Iraqis by far reject violence and oppose dictatorship. That doesn't exactly jibe with this: "The Fallujah problem and the Sadr problem are having a wider impact than we expected," a senior U.S. official involved in Iraq policy said. In Baghdad and Washington, officials had initially concluded that addressing those problems would not engender much anger among ordinary Iraqis. "Sadr's people and the people of Fallujah were seen as isolated and lacking broad support among Iraqis," the official added. Instead, the official said, "The effect has been profound." The violence has brought the U.S.-funded reconstruction of Iraq to a near-halt, according to U.S. officials and private contractors. Thousands of workers for private contractors have been confined to their quarters in the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad that also houses the headquarters of the U.S. occupation authority. Routine trips outside the compound to repair power plants, water-treatment facilities and other parts of Iraq's crumbling infrastructure have been deemed too dangerous, even with armed escorts. This is getting frustratingly hopeless. One also has the feeling that casualties are NOT being reported accurately since the first half of April's relative carnage. Some reports yesterday stated that there were six American deaths near the Syrian-Iraqi border yesterday -- but little reporting of this has made the mainstream press.
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