Some Appalling Nuggets

Friday, December 15, 2006

Some Appalling Nuggets

According to The New Yorker's Hendrik Hertzberg, there are some "appalling nuggets" of information that "lie buried in the recommendations section" of the Iraq Study Group's report. Referring to this section, he writes:
We are told, for example, that “a continuing Iraqi commitment of American ground forces at present levels will leave no reserve” — none — “available to meet other contingencies,” including urgently needed reinforcements in Afghanistan.

We are told that, five years after the 9/11 attacks, our one-thousand-strong Embassy in Baghdad has just six fluent speakers of Arabic, plus twenty-seven who aren’t fluent. (As the Report does not mention, fifty-five Arabic language specialists have been cashiered from the military for being gay.)

And we are told that while eleven hundred attacks took place one day last July, the number officially reported was ninety-three ....

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