This is no surprise, of course, since the Administration has been saying “Jihad? What Jihad?” for years now. “Rice: Iraq isn’t sliding into civil war,” from AP, with thanks to JE:
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration continues to insist
Iraq is not heading toward a civil war, even as some senators and military leaders have expressed concerns that such a conflict may be inevitable.
“It would be, really, erroneous to say that the Iraqis are somehow making a choice for civil war, or, I think, even sliding into civil war,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
But Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., an influential member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sounded more pessimistic and questioned whether the U.S. should keep sending more troops to Iraq.
Hagel said this country cannot “ask them to do the things that we’re asking them to do in the middle of a civil war, and that’s where it’s headed.”
“We’re ruining our United States Army. We are decimating our army. We can’t continue with the tempo and the commitment that we are on right now,” Hagel said on CBS “Face the Nation.”