Whloe Lotta Progress Goin’ On

From Holden:

U.S. serviceman deaths in Chimpy’s vanity war breached the 1600 mark with seven dead in the past 48 hours:

An explosion of insurgent violence in Iraq killed seven U.S. servicemembers over the weekend even as the Shiite-dominated parliament reached out Sunday to Sunni Arabs, approving four more of their number to serve as government ministers.


The spiking violence — including roadside bombs and suicide attacks — has raised concern in Washington where Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), a Michigan Democrat and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said only a quarter of the 168,000 Iraqi forces being trained and equipped by the U.S.-led coalition “are able and willing to take on the insurgents.” Political infighting presented as big a challenge, he told ABC’s “This Week” TV program.

Levin said if Iraqis fail to write a constitution, elect a new government and develop reliable security forces by early next year, Washington will have to rethink its commitment to Iraq. Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting record), a Nebraska Republican and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agreed.