Terrorist incidents in Iraq went up NINE TIMES.
And what do you suppose is the Bush Administration's response to this bad news?
To try and do something that will actually impede the growth of terrorism?
To fund anti-terrorist programs?
To hire some intelligence experts who actually know arabic?
Of course not.
Their response is: Don't talk about it.
Stop publishing the figures. Hide them. Pretend that everything is going just fine. Politics is everything.
The number of serious international terrorist incidents more than tripled last year, according to U.S. government figures, a sharp upswing in deadly attacks that the State Department has decided not to make public in its annual report on terrorism due to Congress this week....
The State Department announced last week that it was breaking with tradition in withholding the statistics on terrorist attacks from its congressionally mandated annual report. Critics said the move was designed to shield the government from questions about the success of its effort to combat terrorism...
The controversy comes a year after the State Department retracted its annual terrorism report and admitted that its initial version vastly understated the number of incidents....
Both Republican and Democratic aides at the meeting criticized what a GOP attendee called the "absurd" explanation offered by the State Department's acting counterterrorism chief, Karen Aguilar, that the statistics are not relevant to the required report on trends in global terrorism. "It's absurd to issue a report without statistics," said the aide, who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
According to the Bush administration, what matters isn't whether or not something happened, but whether or not we find out about it.
If we don't know that it happened, that means it didn't happen, according to this totally Orwellian White House.
They will keep us in the dark about their own danger. They will look us in the eye and swear that their failures are successes.
The chicanery of the Bush's Government is right out in the open. They are doing this crap in broad daylight. And our nutless press corps acts like it's just the way things are supposed to be.