President Bush, SOTU address, Jan. 20, 2004
"The level of (insurgent) activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
Vice President Cheney, June 20, 2005
"... regrettably, we’re going to probably see continuation of violence as [Iraqi insurgents] try and make one last stand to try and derail the progress of democracy there."
Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor, Jan. 4, 2006
But MSNBC reports today:
In the country’s deadliest day in months, bombs killed at least 110 Iraqis and seven U.S. soldiers on Thursday. At least 200 were wounded in the attacks on Iraqis in two cities (Karbala and Ramadi).
... The Ramadi attack killed at least 60 and wounded around 70 in the worst single attack in Iraq since July. It was the latest in a long string of assaults on police and army recruits, tasked with taking over the lead in the fight against the largely Sunni Arab insurgency from the U.S. military.