The Bush-Cheney-Hal Rogers military occupation of Iraq is turning from bad to worse, as expalined by the latest Reuters News agence report:
"Military sees Iraq edging toward chaos: report
"41 minutes ago
"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military commanders assessed two weeks ago that Iraq was edging toward chaos, according to a classified military chart published in the New York Times on Wednesday.
"The chart titled "Index of Civil Conflict" shows a color-coded bar with "peace" marked on the left and "chaos" on the right. An arrow puts the current situation inside the red area on the far right, much closer to chaos than peace.
"U.S. commanders have acknowledged violence in Iraq is at its highest level since U.S.-led forces invaded in 2003 and toppled
Saddam Hussein' but they have repeatedly said a full-scale civil war can be averted.
The chart, however, indicates a steady shift toward chaos since the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine in the town of Samarra in February. The graphic was prepared by U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in Iraq, and shown at a briefing on October 18, the New York Times said.
The chart also shows a slight shift toward chaos over the previous week. But White House spokesman Tony Snow said the graphic was only a snapshot taken at the height of violence during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"If you got the same report last week, you would have found out the national sectarian incidents from the 21st to the 27th dropped 23 percent, casualties nationwide dropped 23 percent, incidents of sectarian violence in Baghdad dropped 23 percent, sectarian killings in Baghdad dropped 41 percent," he said.
"Central Command said it would not comment on classified material but a spokesman said its top commander, Gen. John Abizaid, and other leaders had been discussing "the reality of the situation in Iraq" for months.
"In fact in August, General Abizaid testified before Congress that warning signs were increasingly being seen in Iraq that the country could edge toward civil war, if not directly and determinedly confronted and abated," said Air Force Captain Gary Arasin, a Central Command spokesman.
"To that end, President Bush' and (Iraqi) Prime Minister (Nuri al-)Maliki have assembled a team in recent days of key advisors to aggressively address the situation."
Arasin said there was no question that the situation in Iraq was "very difficult."
"But we have considerable confidence in our leadership, our troops and the Iraqi government and its expanding ranks of security forces to stop the violence and to allow the people of Iraq to live without fear in a democratic society," he said."
The U.S. Military Occupation of Iraq is turning from bad to worse. It is likely to burst into full-scale civil war. We need to get the U.S. troops out, now. Hal Rogers has voted to "stay the course" and keep U.S. troops in Iraq. It's time to get Hal Rogers out of Congress, now. Elect Kenneth Stepp to the U.S. House, KY-05, and send the rubber stamp Hal Rogers home. Elect more Democrats to Congress.