"Iraqi officials can’t get their stories straight."
Iraqi officials are divided on when their security forces will actually be able to secure the country. Just yesterday, two Iraqi officials gave two entirely different reports:
“Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Iraqi forces would be ready to take over security responsibility for all 18 provinces by the end of 2008.”
— Financial Times, 1/15/08
“The Iraqi defense minister said Monday that his nation would not be able to take full responsibility for its internal security until 2012, nor be able on its own to defend Iraq’s borders from external threat until at least 2018.”
— New York Times, 1/15/08