According to the McLaughlin Group, on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, the insurgents are now in control of 36 of Iraq's cities and towns. Many of the major cities are included: "Fallujah, Tikrit, Karbala, Najaf and Ramadi". The CIA reports that civil war is possible and Pat Buchanan says that the insurgency is because of us, meaning that by definition, our presence cannot cause its decline. Can this Board at the very least admit now that Iraq is getting out of hand and is nowhere near the rosy picture that President Bush continues to assert? At some point partisan politics has to stop and we must speak about the truth to correctly assess what to do with the situation.