June 1, 2005 3:00 AM

Now's the time for a clear-eyed look at where we are in Iraq

In a Memorial Day interview, Vice President Dick Cheney told Larry King that the Iraqi insurgency is in its death throes, Osama bin Laden is on the run, weve dealt a major blow to al-Qaida and the terror suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been treated humanely and decently. Wait a minute. What did he say? That sounded suspiciously like a light at the end of the tunnel speech. Since the last good news in Iraq, the Jan. 30 elections, and a resulting but brief pause in the pace of attacks on Americans and Iraqis, more than 700 Iraqis have been slaughtered in a wave of terrorist bombings and attacks that are increasing in sophistication and viciousness. The death toll among American troops in Iraq is 1,665 and rising.

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