At his press conference today, Scott McClellan tried to make the case that the security situation in Iraq is getting better:
QUESTION: Scott, you said that the president is talking with Talibani, talked about the security situation. Did they express their concerns about the rising level of civilian casualties and the deaths of American troops?
MCCLELLAN: I think the president and Talibani — actually, some of the numbers have been coming down, but they’re still are difficulties that remain.
The facts don’t back him up.
The overall U.S. death toll in Iraq last month – counting active-duty as well as mobilized reserve forces – was 80. That is the highest for any month since January…The 80 deaths compare with a monthly average of 70 over the previous 12 months.
Iraqi civilian deaths in May increased by nearly one third from the previous month, a Health Ministry official said…Dr Sabah al-Araji, of the Health Ministry, said 434 civilians were killed in May, up from 299 killed in April.
It’s hard to find a solution when you can’t admit you have a problem.