Thursday, August 30, 2007

The GAO Report

So we have a new GAO report on Iraq, freshly leaked, that shows that Iraq has failed to meet OUR goals for Iraq. Is this a surprise to any sentient being?
Here's the part of the story that matters:

The person who provided the draft report to The Post said it was being conveyed from a government official who feared that its pessimistic conclusions would be watered down in the final version -- as some officials have said happened with security judgments in this month's National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. Congress requested the GAO report, along with an assessment of the Iraqi security forces by an independent commission headed by retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, to provide a basis for comparison with the administration's scorecard. The Jones report is also scheduled for delivery next week.

Bravo to whoever provided the report to the Post. While most folks who come here know that our administration lies, there still is a segment of the public that trusts them. The GAO is one of the few government agencies that still retains a shred of credibility, and it's important that they fight to retain it.
Remember this when the White House "Petreaus" report comes out.
Added: What I'm saying is that the GAO is actually calling the administration "liars", albeit subtly.
More added: Didn't take the Pentagon long to comment:

WASHINGTON - Stung by the bleak findings of a congressional audit of progress in Iraq, the Pentagon has asked that some of the negative assessments be revised.;_ylt=Avo9B5iIMeMLrDU9HRLa.JGs0NUE

Because "facts" have a liberal bias.


Anonymous said...

Because "facts" have a liberal bias.

Oh, that is one of the best lines ever!

pygalgia said...

Stolen from Jon Stewart by Stephen Colbert, used at the White House correspondents dinner. Wish that I could create phrases like that.