Iraq Fact Check: Responding to Key MythsTo briefly summarize, the White House rebuttals for Myths Nos. 1 through 13 are as follows: no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, and no.
1. MYTH: The war “is lost.”
2. MYTH: U.S. troops in Iraq are not fighting al Qaeda terrorists, just policing a Shiite vs. Sunni “civil war.”
3. MYTH: The U.S. is playing “whack-a-mole” in Iraq.
4. MYTH: The U.S. has an indefinite commitment in Iraq and should shift to training Iraqi troops.
5. MYTH: Setting a timeline and pulling troops out of Iraq regardless of conditions on the ground would be a responsible end to the conflict and/or would put needed pressure on Iraq’s government.
6. MYTH: Gen. Petraeus does not believe the U.S. military can make a difference in Iraq.
7. MYTH: U.S. troops are “arming” Sunni insurgents in Iraq.
8. MYTH: Timelines and dates for withdrawal are consistent with the views of outsiders like the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group.
9. MYTH: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki is an agent of Iran and/or Muqtada al Sadr.
10. MYTH: U.S. troops are sent to Iraq without proper training, equipment, or rest.
11. MYTH: Iraqis are going on a two-month holiday and are not defending their own country.
12. MYTH: Iraq’s Parliament passed a resolution calling for U.S. forces to leave.
13. MYTH: The U.S. is in Iraq only because of Congress’s 2002 resolution authorizing the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Don't bother laminating the complete list, however. Both the facts and the "facts" are subject to change without notice.