CIA Believed Pre-Surge That Iraqi Government Doomed To Failure


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Back in November 2006, the Iraqi Study Group was treated to president Bush's vision for Iraq and the CIA's vision for Iraq, and they got two dramatically different visions.

Bush believed then, as he seems to believe now, that Iraq can work if given enough time.

The Washington Post has the details of the CIA's different opinion as presented to the Iraq Study Group. The CIA, to whom apparently Bush has stopped listening, believes the Iraqi government's apparent inability to govern was "irreversible".

"The government is unable to govern," [CIA Director Michael V.] Hayden concluded. "We have spent a lot of energy and treasure creating a government that is balanced, and it cannot function."

Bush, for his part, went before the American people and asked for a troop surge to try to make his vision for Iraq a reality. 600 American fatalities later, he's still trying.

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