“"Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq,” the quarterly report to Congress issued by the Department of Defense, is supposed to be a key document to achieve this goal. Like the State Department weekly status report on Iraq, however, it is deeply flawed. It does more than simply spin the situation to provide false assurances. It makes basic analytical and statistical mistakes, fails to define key terms, provides undefined and unverifiable survey information, and deals with key issues by omission. " Anthony H. Cordesman
Cordesman is a very competent and unrelenting authority on questions like this. His point here is that we (the US government) are still "faking it" and brewing up vast cauldrons of "Koolaid" for dispensation to one and all.
The Jack Nicholson marine colonel character in "A Few Good Men" says on the witness stand that the prosecutor should not ask for truth because he would not be able to "handle the truth." Apparently we, as a people, are unable to deal with the truth. It seem that the government knows that, and so it treats us as they would mushrooms under cultivation. They keep us in the dark and feed us horseshit.