After initially saying he was too busy to testify before Congress, Rummy quickly changed his tune when the heat was turned up and is appearing today. Reports from commanders and one outgoing British diplomat all point to a civil war the Secretary of Defense (and the President of the United States) refuses to acknowledge. It makes you wonder what kind of progress report Rummy will give since his last appearance in February of this year. Think Progress has a helpful cheat sheet for him of the "progress" since their last meeting:
– Approximately 300 U.S. troops have died in Iraq
– Approximately 2,530 U.S. troops have been wounded
– Well over 10,000 Iraq civilians have been killed
– Insurgents have conducted an average of 620 attacks per week
– In March there were 7.8 hours of electricity per day in Baghdad (down from 16-24 hours before the war), last month there were 7.6 hours.
– In March there were 133,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Today there are 132,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and plans to raise that number to 135,000.