Head In The Sand

Bush: “In the past year, we have made significant progress.”

Fact: Daily attacks are on the rise. The number of attacks per day has risen from 10 in May 2003 to 52 in June 2004 to 70 last month. [Brookings, 6/3/05]

Fact: Car bombs are on the rise. “[T]here have been more than 484 car bombs since the handover, according to an Associated Press count, killing at least 2,221 people and wounding at least 5,574.” [AP, 6/27/05]

Fact: Gen. John Abizaid said insurgency is just as strong as six months ago. “In terms of comparison from six months ago, in terms of foreign fighters, I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago. In terms of overall strength of the insurgency, I would say it is the same as it was.” [CNN, 6/23/05]


Fact: Rumsfeld said insurgency could go on for 12 years. “That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years.” [Fox News, 6/26/05]