My Assignment…

February 18th, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

… should I choose to acccept it, might be wandering out into the interwebs to see how many ways to Sunday this is going to be spun by the Elephant Cult:

Iraq economy falls below pre-war levels:

> The Bush administration on Thursday conceded that key sectors of the Iraqi economy had fallen below pre-war levels because of the insurgency, but insisted it was making enough progress on the political and security fronts to press ahead with reductions in US forces.

> Condoleezza Rice, the secretary of state, told the Senate budget committee that production of crude oil and electricity was down from three years ago. Attacks had also hit oil exports.

> According to latest statistics – which Ms Rice did not mention – crude oil production this month is running at 1.7m barrels a day, down from a post-invasion peak of 2.5m in September 2004 that was close to prewar levels.

> Ms Rice initially asserted that “many more Iraqis” were now getting potable water and sewerage services. However, under intense questioning from Kent Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, she conceded that although “capacity” had increased, fewer Iraqis were actually receiving those services.

Meanwhile, over in Donald-Land

> Questioned on a recent Pentagon-commissioned report that concluded the US could not sustain the number of troops required to defeat the insurgency, Mr Rumsfeld replied: “The Iraqi insurgency will be defeated by Iraqis . . .  So the question posed is an inaccurate question.”

Cool. So … wake me up in time to watch you give the wheel a good yank and keep us from spinning over the precipice. kthxbye.

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