"Last Throes" One Year Later

On the one year anniversary of Dick Cheney saying the insurgency was in their "last throes", we find this out:

The Sunni Arab heart of the Iraqi insurgency seems likely to hold its strength the rest of the year, and some of its leaders are now collaborating with al-Qaida terrorists, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

In a report assessing the situation in Iraq, required quarterly by Congress, the Pentagon painted a mixed picture on a day when the U.S. military command in Baghdad said 1,500 more combat troops have arrived in the country. The extra troops are part of an intensified effort to wrest control of the provincial capital of Ramadi from insurgents.

The report to Congress offered a relatively dim picture of economic progress, with few gains in improving basic services like electricity, and it provided no promises of U.S. troop reductions anytime soon.

On the other hand, it said the Iraqi army is gaining strength and taking lead responsibility for security in more areas.

So I guess "last throes" to Cheney means they were half way through their run of terror. Of course if the Pentagon is publicly saying they would last until next year, that means we will still be hearing about these attacks five years from now.

AJ has more on the latest rash of violence.