The CIA director painted a grim picture of a deteriorating situation in Iraq sharply at odds with President Bush's sunny view in a closed-door session of the Iraq Study Group last November, Bob Woodward reports in the Washington Post. "The government is unable to govern," Michael Hayden flatly warned in the meeting.
What's more, the problems appear "irreversible," he added. The dire assessment came just hours after the President presented a "Churchillian" view of "victory" to the bipartisan panel, declaring that "constitutional order is emerging." Hayden's comments strongly influenced the group's final report that the Iraq situation was "grave and deteriorating."