A different view on what’s going on in Iraq….

Spencer Ackerman: 

Whenever Bush administration or Sen. John McCain campaign officials open their mouths about Iraq, they portray the country as on a continuous path of Surge-based stabilization. “As security has improved, the environment has changed for the better,” Amb. Ryan C. Crocker told Wolf Blitzer on Sunday. “I, of course, am encouraged… The progress has been significant but the progress is also fragile,” said a more-intellectually-honest-but-not-by-much Sen. John McCain. And the latest Pentagon Iraq security report (PDF) to Congress reported that improvements in the security environment have been substantial over the past nine months but significant challenges remain.”

But rather than security improvements being “substantial over the past nine months,” an assessment today from a leading private security and intelligence contractor in Iraq shows that the security picture hasn’t changed significantly since October 1, 2007.

GardaWorld is a private intelligence firm advising corporations doing business in Iraq. Its website explains: “In Iraq, through strategic local partnerships and the expertise of expatriate specialists and resident security personnel, who are fluent in Arabic, Kurdish, Turkish, French, Russian, and English, GardaWorld is able to provide high-quality, tailored solutions. We are formally registered with Ministry of Interior and have all necessary operating licenses.”

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