Rice Knocks Down ‘Last Throes’: Insurgency Can Still ‘Pull Off Violence’ and Could ‘For Some Time’

Last week, Vice President Dick Cheney defended his claim that Iraq’s insurgency was in its “last throes” as “basically accurate.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had a different set of talking points this morning. Watch it:

RUSSERT: Is the insurgency in its last throes?

RICE: Well, the insurgency politically is certainly in danger because the Sunnis, who stood outside —

RUSSERT: But in terms of violence, is it in its last throes?


RICE: Well, the insurgency is still able to pull off violence and kill innocent children or kill an innocent school teacher, yes, they’re able to do that, and they might be able to do that for some time.

In February 2005 — three months before Cheney’s claim — insurgents were averaging 54 attacks per day. In February 2006, the average was 75 attacks per day.