To be filed under the "and now they tell us" category...
"We are getting to the point now with the Baghdad security plan where there is going to be real engagement in tougher neighborhoods and you're likely to see escalating levels of casualties. We've known that, been saying it all along. We're getting into some of the grittiest security operations."
- White House spokesman Tony Snow
"The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
- Vice President Dick Cheney, June 20, 2005
I'm still waiting for our troops to be greeted with flowers and chocolates, myself.