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Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice

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DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice

Warner Downbeat After Iraq Trip; U.S. at Risk of Losing Bid to Control Baghdad, Senator Says
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Release of Iraq Report Sought

Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that after returning from a trip to Iraq, Senator John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that Iraq has taken "steps backward," sectarian violence is at an "unacceptable level" and if conditions continue, the U.S. should consider a change of course in Iraq. The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Jane Harman, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called on the Administration to be truthful about the situation we face in Iraq and release a classified intelligence report that "paints a 'grim' picture." Democrats believe America needs a new direction in Iraq.

Warner Downbeat After Iraq Trip
U.S. at Risk of Losing Bid to Control Baghdad, Senator Says
By Josh White
Washington Post
October 6, 2006

"The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday offered a stark assessment of the situation in Iraq after a trip there this week, saying that parts of the country have taken "steps backwards" and that the United States is at risk of losing the campaign to control an increasingly violent Baghdad.

"Sen. John W. Warner (Va.) told reporters on Capitol Hill that the Iraqi government is having trouble making strides and is incapable of providing even basic human necessities to people in certain areas of the country. Though Warner praised U.S. efforts to keep Iraq under control, he was far less optimistic about the situation there than he had been over the past three years.

"Echoing the sentiments of several leading Democrats on his committee, Warner said he believes the United States may have to reevaluate its approach in Iraq if the situation does not improve dramatically over the next several months. ..."

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Release of Iraq Report Sought
Democratic Rep. Jane Harman says the White House is suppressing a new intelligence document that gives a 'grim' view of the war.
By Greg Miller
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2006

"The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee accused the Bush administration Thursday of suppressing a classified intelligence report that paints a 'grim' picture of the situation in Iraq.

"Rep. Jane Harman (D-Venice) sent a letter to CIA Director Michael V. Hayden requesting the release of the report and charging that the agency was withholding the information out of political considerations, which she said was demoralizing to the agency's workforce. ...The letter underscores the simmering political tensions in Washington over intelligence reports that have provided fodder for Democrats in their criticism of the Bush administration's foreign policy and management of the war in Iraq.

"Last month, the White House, under pressure, declassified a separate intelligence assessment - called a National Intelligence Estimate - that concluded the Iraq war was exacerbating the Islamic terrorist threat by fueling resentment toward the United States and providing a training ground for terrorist recruits. ..."

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