Friday, August 26, 2005

Freedom on the March, Civil War on the Horizon...

The devolution of the Smirk.


We're seeing progress, Iraq is more secure (August 8, 2003)

"I see steady progress." (October 4, 2003)


Progress (November 17, 2003)


President Bush said Friday the United States is making progress in stabilizing Iraq a year after he stood before a "Mission Accomplished" banner


We're making progress (August 24, 2004)

"Our strategy is succeeding" (September 15, 2004)

Progress (March 8, 2005)

"I believe we're making really good progress in Iraq" (April 29, 2005)


Progress (May 31, 2005)

Progress (June 28, 2005)

He insisted progress was being made in Iraq (August 5, 2005)



"We're making progress" (August 23, 2005)

Oh, look how we're progressing:

Iraq on brink of meltdown

The credibility of Iraq's political process was in danger last night as parliament again failed to vote on a draft constitution which a Sunni politician said was "fit only for the bin".

The government had earlier announced plans to bypass parliament in an attempt to push through the document.

But as the final hours ran out before the deadline for approving the constitution, Hajim al-Hassani, the speaker of the parliament, appeared to overrule the country's leaders by insisting that negotiations would continue today, meaning that the deadline would be missed for the third time.

The impression of growing crisis in Iraq was reinforced when a new front erupted in the violent rebellion, with Shia Muslims fighting each other with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, the prime minister, made an emergency television appeal for peace and sent two police commando units to Najaf where the fighting had started.

Throughout the day in Baghdad, politicians bickered over how to proceed with the constitution without driving the country to civil war.

As night fell, the government's official spokesman, Laith Kubba, announced that a final version of the document had been decided and compromise reached on three issues, although he did not say which. Sunni leaders said that no consensus had been reached.


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