Assessing Iraq

It's been two years since we had a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq. Shouldn't this be done annually so we can know what the intelligence agencies actually believe is happening out there? It's important data for a national debate, whatever judgment you reach. And yet the administration refuses. What are they afraid of? Reality? Or the November elections? Ken Silverstein comments here. Meanwhile, here's some hard data from Brookings. A glass half-full assessment can be read here.