13 April 2008

And the fog lifts, and we once more find...

an all-to-familiar gap between propaganda and reality:

Then: Bush calls the flare up in violence in oil-rich southern Iraq and parts of Baghdad "a defining moment in the history of Iraq."

Later: A closely held U.S. military intelligence analysis of the fighting in Basra shows that Iraqi security forces control less than a quarter of the city, according to officials in both the United States and Iraq, and Basra's police units are deeply infiltrated by members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.

Today: The Iraqi government has dismissed about 1,300 soldiers and policemen who deserted or refused to fight during last month's offensive against Shiite militias and criminal gangs in Basra, officials said Sunday.

I get the feeling sometimes that the Bush administration has mastered the science of exploiting the week or month lag between their propaganda and the moment when the facts come to light.

2 comments:

wunelle said...

I love that when the Iraq Study Group came out with their findings, W and Cheney were quick to say they'd look at it but weren't planning to implement anything substantial from it--the usual Cheney line.

Now, when Petraeus says we should be careful about drawing down after the "surge" W quickly comes out and says "I'm going to follow the General's recommendations."

God, I hate that guy.

(Cheney's response a little while back to a reporter's statement that the American public was unhappy about the war: "So?")

Karlo said...

That pretty much sums up the attitude.