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.