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Why does it seem it is left up to the folks in uniform to give the not so great news:<br><br>
"American military commanders in Baghdad and Washington gave a sobering new assessment on Wednesday of the war in Iraq, adding to the mood of anxiety that prompted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to come to Baghdad last weekend to consult with the new government.<br><br>
"In interviews and briefings this week, some of the generals pulled back from recent suggestions, some by the same officers, that positive trends in Iraq could allow a major drawdown in the 138,000 American troops late this year or early in 2006. One officer suggested Wednesday that American military involvement could last "many years."<br><br>
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"In Baghdad, a senior officer said Wednesday in a background briefing that the 21 car bombings in Baghdad so far this month almost matched the total of 25 in all of last year.<br><br>
"Against this, he said, there has been a lull in insurgents' activity in Baghdad in recent days after months of some of the bloodiest attacks, a trend that suggested that American pressure, including the capture of important bomb makers, had left the insurgents incapable of mounting protracted offensives. But the officer said that despite Americans' recent successes in disrupting insurgent cells, which have resulted in the arrest of 1,100 suspects in Baghdad alone in the past 80 days, the success of American goals in Iraq was not assured.<br><br>
"I think that this could still fail," the officer said at the briefing, referring to the American enterprise in Iraq. "<b>It's much more likely to succeed, but it could still fail</b>."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/international/middleeast/19iraq.html?pagewanted=print" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/19/in...gewanted=print</a>
 

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Related to the 'sober outlook':<br><br><b>Iraq's insurgency has proved itself to be persistent, deadly and flexible</b><br><br>
"Three weeks of relentless attacks in Iraq have given ample evidence that Iraq's nascent democratic process hasn't yet undermined the insurgency. The attacks also show that the insurgents can adjust their tactics in response to the changing political environment, Iraqi, U.S. and independent authorities said.<br><br>
"The insurgents are increasingly coordinating attacks, employing more remote-control devices to detonate explosives and shifting their focus from U.S. troops to the local security forces that have begun to take a more active role defending the nation, U.S. officials said.<br><br>
"While the capabilities of the insurgency are seen in the daily carnage, Iraqi and U.S. authorities <b>are only now grasping</b> the character of the enemy, or, more precisely, the enemies."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/11678836.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp" target="_blank">http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwash...printstory.jsp</a>
 
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