GAO Report Says Surge is NOT Working

Huffington Post

The statement is made in the U.S. media, over and over again, as if it is as factual as the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening: “The surge is working.” But just because the media has parroted the talking points of the Bush administration and John McCain’s campaign in making such an assertion, it does not make it true. And a report released by the U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) yesterday does something that McCain and the White House probably wish would not be done: actually evaluating progress in Iraq against the goals the administration laid out in January 2007 when undertaking the surge. Guess what? In many material ways, the surge isn’t working. Sorry to rain on the parade of CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, etc. with the facts.

The mainstream media is barely even acknowledging the report’s release. At the time of this writing, the GAO report didn’t even warrant a headline on the CNN.com home page, although CNN did see fit to include Imus’s allegedly racist remark, pirates kidnapping European tourists, a British man accused of killing his wife and child, a prisoner’s escape gone bad, the cost of orange juice in “paradise,” a calf with an extra snout, and the denial of a U.S. visa for Boy George. And there is a headline that the Iraq military will control Anbar province, but there is no mention of the fact, cited in the GAO report, that only nine of Iraq’s 18 provinces were controlled by the Iraqi government, even though the goal was to have Iraq control all 18 of its provinces by the end of 2007.   More>>>

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~ by kstreet67 on June 24, 2008.

One Response to “GAO Report Says Surge is NOT Working”

  1. Surprise!

    There goes that talking point.

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