Monday, June 19, 2006

Actual News from the Front

Not to get all Nation magazine here, but this is wild. This is a memo sent to Rice from the US Embassy in Baghdad. It details paragraph after paragraph just how badly the situation has decayed there. It's becoming a theocracy of course; everyone knew that wouldd happen. Fuel, clothing, threats, kidnappings, daily funerals; it's all here. And anyone who can is getting out of the country fast as hell for Egypt or Jordan or wherever they can get.
Download the actual pdf of the memo here:

Much credit to Washington Post for putting this out.

from WaPo: "Hours before President Bush left on a surprise trip last Monday to the Green Zone in Baghdad for an upbeat assessment of the situation there, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq painted a starkly different portrait of increasing danger and hardship faced by its Iraqi employees. This cable, marked "sensitive" and obtained by The Washington Post, outlines in spare prose the daily-worsening conditions for those who live outside the heavily guarded international zone: harassment, threats and the employees' constant fears that their neighbors will discover they work for the U.S. government."


Blogger Mr Lucky Doubles said...

Also fascinating is that the US Embassy apparently sends memos to the State Department on typewritten pages (in Courier font no less).

I predict that by the year 2010 government computers will have Arial fonts.) Or maybe fossils like Cheney and Rumsfeld prefer things to look the way they did back in the good old days of the Ford Administration.

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