October 3rd, 2004

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Key Bush assertions about Iraq in dispute

I think the subject says it all. From Reuters, here:
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsPackageArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=590914§ion=news

Key Bush assertions about Iraq in dispute
Sun 26 September, 2004 22:43

By Adam Entous

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - Many of President George W. Bush's assertions about progress in Iraq -- from police training and reconstruction to preparations for January elections -- are in dispute, according to internal Pentagon documents, lawmakers and key congressional aides on Sunday.
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The documents show that of the nearly 90,000 currently in the police force, only 8,169 have had the full eight-week academy training. Another 46,176 are listed as "untrained," and it will be July 2006 before the administration reaches its new goal of a 135,000-strong, fully trained police force.
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They estimated that 22,700 Iraqi personnel have received enough basic training to make them "minimally effective at their tasks," in contrast to the 100,000 figure cited by Bush.
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The status of election planning in Iraq is also in question. Of the $232 million in Iraqi funds set aside for the Iraqi electoral commission, it has received a mere $7 million, according to House Appropriations Committee staff.
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Wow, heck of an article. I've "exposed" a few bits through the lj-cuts, but it's all worthwhile reading.

Found here:
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_09_26.php#003561
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