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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Embassy View of Iraq

For anyone who blames the media for not giving an accurate representation of what's going on in Iraq, here's another source. It's a cable from the US Ambassador in Baghdad to Condoleeza Rice, describing conditions there and for the Iraqis who work with the Americans at our embassy. As you read it, remember that this is unfiltered feedback from our top diplomat in Iraq directly to the Secretary of State, and it doesn't paint a pretty picture.

Not only is it indicative of the infrastructure and societal problems that haven't been solved, but it also points to an increase in the religious extremism that I have worried will become the power base in Iraq, thus germinating exactly the kind of anti-American seeds we don't need growing there. This, at the same time the Taliban is on the rise again in Afghanistan.

Why is this aspect of the conflict never discussed?