From today’s New York Times:

An internal staff report by the United States Embassy and the military command in Baghdad provides a sobering province-by-province snapshot of Iraq’s political, economic and security situation, rating the overall stability of 6 of the 18 provinces “serious” and one “critical.” The report is a counterpoint to some recent upbeat public statements by top American politicians and military officials.

Shocking, simply shocking. Not only are things pretty bad in Iraq, but problems aren’t being discussed by the “upbeat” people running the show.