Politics Progress in Iraq?
posted by July 12 at 10:20 AMon
Eight months ago, according to the Washington Post, CIA director Michael Hayden said this to the Iraq Study Group:
“The government is unable to govern,” Hayden concluded. “We have spent a lot of energy and treasure creating a government that is balanced, and it cannot function.”
“The levers of power are not connected to anything,” he said, adding: “We have placed all of our energies in creating the center, and the center cannot accomplish anything.”
Which is a big part of why the the Iraq Study Group declared the situation in Iraq to be “grave and deteriorating,” a conclusion that Bush largely ignored as he prepared his “surge” strategy, which, we find out today, has produced decidedly mixed results.