Three Years Later...Mission Unaccomplished
It was three years ago today when President Bush thought it would be "cool" to land a plane on an aircraft carrier and announce the end of combat operations in Iraq and the success of US and coalition forces.
Today, three years after that infamous stunt, Iraq is as unstable as one could imagine.
Three years later, thousands of Iraqis are fleeing their homes in neighborhoods ravaged by sectarian violence.
Three years later, members of the new Iraqi security forces ripped off their military uniforms protesting a plan that would force them to serve outside of their province.
Three years later, more and more Americans are doubting the success or possibility of success in Iraq. A CNN poll shows that 44% of Americans believe the US will never accomplish its goals in Iraq, 40% believe the US will accomplish its goals in Iraq someday, and only 9% believe US goals in Iraq have already been accomplished.
Three years later, "the troop training program that the United States began in 2003 to protect Iraq's oil and electrical lines" has proven to be a failure, according to an inspector general report.
Three years later, "a US Congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq has published a scathing report on failures by contractors to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In one case, the inspectors found that three years after the invasion only 6 of 150 health centres proposed for Iraq have been completed by a US contractor, in spite of 75 per cent of the $US186 million allocated having been spent."
Mr. Bush & Mr. Rumsfeld, I hope you feel accomplished.
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