"Bush Hyping Numbers of Equipped Iraqi Forces"
Bush: “Today Iraq has more thann 160,000 security forces trained and equipped for a variety of missions.”
Fact: Most Iraqi Security Forces Are Not Trained Or Equipped
Fact: “Only three battalions are rated fully operational by the Americans, and many others are far behind in terms of manpower, training and equipment.” [New York Times, 6/13/05]
Fact: According to the Brookings Institution, as of May 2005, only 50,000 troops were proficient and well-equipped. [Brookings, 6/3/05]