Meant to get this in earlier:
CBS News: Bush Job Approval at 34% = lowest ever
(was 35% post-Katrina)
Could we be looking at “defeat and retreat?”
“…. my policy has not changed. To summarize it, as the Iraqis stand up, we will stand down.”
+ Zogby breaks down his poll.
When does solid reporting trump the “official word?” and Where is backup evidence to support the Post’s number? Today, most news outlets are reporting the Iraqi Cabinet’s official number of civilians killed since the bombing of the Askariya mosque in Samarra last week. Finally, this afternoon, AP has added some clarification, including the 1,300 number reported in the Washington Post:
The Iraqi Cabinet said 379 people had been killed and 458 wounded in reprisal attacks in the week since bombers destroyed the golden dome atop an important Shiite shrine in the predominantly Sunni Muslim central city of Samarra.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday that more than 1,300 Iraqis had been killed since the shrine attack, but the Cabinet statement described that account as “inaccurate and exaggerated.” The Post cited figures from the Baghdad central morgue, but an official there told The Associated Press that as of Sunday night they had received only 249 bodies tied to the violence. The Post figure appeared high based on police and hospital reports from the major population centers at the time of the attacks.
AP: “Multiple Bombings Kill At Least 66 in Baghdad” – 2/28
Saddam Hussein is on trial, and there are over 130,000 U.S. troops responsible for providing additional security and support on the ground throughout Iraq, but bombs exploded near yet another significant Shiite religious shrine, and at least 30 are dead including two American soldiers following attacks nationwide Sunday.
Shiites in Iran are blaming the West for the bombing of the Askariya shrine last week in Samarra. Protestors hurled Molotov cocktails at the British embassy in Tehran on Sunday.
Confidence in the U.S. mission in Iraq appears to be headed for the doldrums after two of the war’s staunch supporters, arch-Conservatives Bill Kristol and William F. Buckley Jr. consider waving the white flag.
Today is the deadline for U.S. negotiators to meet the demands of Christian Science Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll’s kidnappers to secure her release. There apparently is nothing further to report here.
Many of Iraq’s newly trained police forces are suspected of doubling as death squads, according to a UN envoy.