The Real Iraq

The Washington Post today has an amazing cable from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the State Department reporting on conditions in the capital. Based on the accounts of Iraqi staff, the cable shows that Iraq is dissolving into civil war. Different forms of sectarian dress are now required in different sections of the city, the upscale districts are ghost towns, and Embassy staff don’t even let family members know that they work for the Americans, resentment against the occupiers is so strong.

Are these the accomplishments George Bush trumpeted last week? He would do far more for the Iraqis by conceding the American effort has failed, and seeking international cooperation to preserve a broken state.