This just worked its way into CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/06/23/rumsfeld.iraq.ap/index.html [Broken] I find it odd how the inhabitants of the ivory tower (1600 Pennsylvania ave) can keep on preaching how well things are going when the evidence is quite the contrary. There was a report yesterday or the day before that the Guerrillas are getting better at making bombs---bombs used to kill or maim American GI's. The more advanced the "insurgents" become the harder it becomes for us to leave. We are training an effective military unit, by proxy because we have stayed long enough for those with a lesser talent for war to be rooted out while the truly adroit killers have honed their skills. This is a conundrum that a lot of pro-conflict people don't understand. For every 1000 bad guys killed one escapes and learns from his experience thus making him a harder target the next time. The now better warrior can impart his little bit of knowledge to the next would-be killer and in so doing create a new breed of insurgent. The US military training program is very structured with only a relative handful of special forces. The majority of or soldiers have been taught to do things a certain way---almost programmed---which allows an opposing force to probe for weaknesses and exploit any weaknesses found. I can go on. I can give examples of the pavlovian responses GI's have (black man sized and shaped shooting targets are like that for a reason and boot camp is not there to make soldiers learn how to fold cloths) but in the end the bad guys will get worse, and or soldiers will still continue to become names mentioned on some late night news program. I wish Dick and Bonzo would would simply tell the truth for once. I wish they would stop misleading the public with grand stories of Kool-Aid rivers and gum drop trees when the stark reality is the insurgency is growing. The insurgents are become better. The insurgents are building better bombs. The insurgents are producing better snipers. The longer we stay the better the insurgents get, and the more likely a military coup upon or departure becomes. My 2 cents.