Actually, You Don’t Have Either

During his trip to Iraq this week, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld admitted that the Bush administration doesn’t have an exit strategy. On the other hand, he said, the White House does have a “victory strategy,” the goal of which is apparently “to help the Iraqi Forces develop the skills and the capacity to provide their own security.”

Except, according to a new GAO report, he doesn’t even have that.

Though more than a year and a half has passed, and some $5.6 billion dollars has been spent, since Gen. Abizaid first announced plans to train thousands of Iraqi security forces, the GAO reported last month that “Coalition leadership has yet to develop a system to assess the readiness of Iraqi military and police forces so they can identify weaknesses and provide them with effective support.”