Speaking of puppets…


Today, speaking before a joint session of Congress,

Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi parroted the Bush

administration’s talking points: “We are succeeding in Iraq.”[1] The

facts on the ground, however, suggest otherwise.

Over the last year the number of insurgents in Iraq

has quadrupled.[2] Attacks on U.S. troops are up 100% since last

winter.[3] Major Iraqi cities such as Fullujah have become havens for

insurgents and are completely inaccessible to U.S. troops.[4] Security

situations have stalled reconstruction – Iraq still has less

electricity than they did before the war.[5] Even some Bush

administration officials have acknowledged that elections planned for

January may have to be delayed.[6]


1. “Allawi Says Elections Will Happen as Scheduled,” Washington Post, 9/23/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57907.

2. “Mission Still Not Accomplished,” Time Magazine, 9/20/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57908.

3. “Iraq: A Quantitative Assessment,” Brookings Institution, 9/17/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57909.

4. “Green Zone is ‘no longer totally secure’,” Financial Times, 9/15/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57910.

5. “Iraq Power Grid Shows U.S. Flaws,” Los Angeles Times, 9/12/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57911.

6. “Bush puts Iraqi leader forward,” International Herald Tribune, 9/22/04, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1159892&l=57912.

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