The Guardian:

A Congressional investigation into reconstruction in Iraq found that six out of eight projects the Bush administration claimed to be a success were falling apart, throwing doubts over the long-term viability of much of the $30bn (?15bn) programme.

Plain Dealer/AP:

Washington- U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon, investigators say.

The latest audit by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction found that uncertainty and delays plague a U.S.-led war and rebuilding effort that has already cost nearly $400 billion.

So…even the “successes” are failures now. We’re in slow bleed land here folks. This invasion played precisely into the hands of those we should have been pursuing instead of deposing a dictator who actually held the country together. The resulting instability of the region is something that actual war planners could have predicted, but not an incompetent neocon driven administration. Deep shit for many years here no matter if we stay or go. That’s the saddest part of all of this. The best bet for the Bush administration is to keep the disaster going until a Democrat is elected President (and one will be), then claim that they mismanaged “the ending of the war” or “were not as committed as we were”. It will be fun to watch these claims, but you can bet that is what is happening.

The tactics of the Dems is pretty smart as well. Push Bush on something they know he will not budge on in order to be able to say “we offered him a way to end this war, but Republicans passed”. It will get a Dem in the White House in ’08. Mark it down. The question will then become “what now?” The answer will be no matter what you do a disaster in Iraq and the broader Middle East. It is the Bush legacy…

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