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Anarchy in Baghdad

YOU ARE VISITING THE OLD MALKIN(S)WATCH. THAT'S FANTASTIC. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW MALKIN(S)WATCH WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE.
Michelle Malkin: THE ITALIAN LEAK

Michelle and Jesse Malkin are wringing their hands over a minor US intelligence fuckup... The Pentagon report on the investigation of the Sgrena/Calipari shooting was released partially redacted in PDF format. The PDF file, however, was created in a format that inadvertently allowed access to the full document without redactions. The document has been posted on the internet in both redacted and non-redacted formats and, according to Michelle and Jesse, bloggers with an "anti-war, anti-American agenda" are "gloating" over the mistake. (It goes without saying that nobody on the right has either linked to the documents or read them or "gloated" over them.)

The Malkins cite classified information in the report that could be dangerous in the hands of the insurgents. They glossed over the following, however:
A further constraint was the inability to reconstruct the event so as to provide accurate data for forensic analysis of bullet trajectory, speed of the vehicle, and stopping distance due to the inherent danger in the vicinity of the incident location. This was made evident during a site visit by the Joint Investigation Team when a hand grenade was thrown (from the Route Vernon overpass) at the Team’s vehicles as members were boarding, injuring one Soldier.
Read that closely... The military was unable to complete a comprehensive investigation of the incident because Baghdad is too dangerous.

What is "the truth" about the state of affairs in Iraq? Ask a wingnut and they'll talk about the purple-finger army, the blossoming of democracy and the desperate insurgency. Glenn Reynolds wants us to believe that things are so good in Iraq that even Paris has become more dangerous.

If things are as good as wingnut rhetoric would have us believe, then why are we still there?

Why do Republicans hate the truth?

[Guest-posted by LA.]