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January 29, 2005

Just How Bad Is the Situation in Iraq?

Eric Umansky weighs in on Condi Rice's claim of 120,000 reliable Iraqi security forces:

Eric Umansky: 4,000 v. 120,000: First-rate analyst Anthony Cordesman has a new report about the state of Iraqi security forces.... His take: "Iraqi military, security, and police forces have improved during the last year, but the total number of effective forces range from 7,000 to 11,000 rather than the 127,000 total being reported by the U.S. government and only a few battalion elements are capable of operating against insurgents without U.S. support... a failure to understand the strategic situation in Iraq and the realities of Iraqi politics. It is a failure at every level to prepare for a coordinated U.S. effort at nation building. It is a failure to react to the growing reality of the insurgency in Iraq and the need for Iraqi military and police forces that could be true partners in fighting that threat.

Condi Rice has no business being Secretary of State. Generally, two types of people fill the job of National Security Advisor: those who make sure that that people say what the president needs to hear, and those who make sure that people don't say anything the president doesn't want to hear. All evidence is that Rice is of the second kind--and has been a complete disaster.

Posted by DeLong at January 29, 2005 08:55 AM