This is the lead from a recent Reuters piece:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush sought on Saturday to dispel concerns about the readiness of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces, declaring himself “encouraged” even though his top generals say the number of battalions that can fight insurgents without help has dropped.
Later on, the article reports that the top two generals in Iraq recently told Congress that the number of battalions that can go into combat with insurgents without the help of the U.S. military has dropped to one from three (out of a hundred).
Obviously, the Bushies believe that the moment they acknowledge that things are going other than well in Iraq, their base of support will go poof. Unfortunately for them, even crazed right wingers are beginning to wake up and smell the coffee.