U.S. officials who say there has been a dramatic drop in sectarian violence in Iraq since President Bush began sending more U.S. troops into Baghdad aren't counting one of the main killers of Iraqi civilians.When you know your policy has failed you lie to make it appear that it is working.
Car bombs and other explosive devices have killed thousands of Iraqis in the past three years, but the administration doesn't include them in the casualty counts cited in reviews of the surge of additional U.S. forces.
President Bush explained why in a television interview on Tuesday: "If the standard of success is no car bombings or suicide bombings, we have just handed those who commit suicide bombings a huge victory," he told TV interviewer Charlie Rose.
"Since the administration keeps saying that failure is not an option, they are redefining success in a way that suits them," said James Denselow, an Iraq specialist at London-based Chatham House, a foreign policy think tank.This administration does not know how to tell the truth. This war is lost and it is time to admit that and make the necessary adjustments to get our troops home.
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