Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Report: CIA Paints Pessimistic Iraq Picture

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - The situation in Iraq is deteriorating and unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a classified cable and briefings from the CIA, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The assessments are more pessimistic than the Bush administration's portrayal of the situation to the public, government officials told the newspaper. These officials said the CIA's assessments revealed a "mixed" bag in Iraq, with news of progress tempered by the difficulties expected ahead.

Asked about the Times article, the CIA said it did not comment on classified documents."

Of course the White House neither reads nor comments on "reality based" reports.


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