In his Sept. 24 op-ed column, "Fresh Eyes on Iraq," Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) called for a new group to go to Iraq to review our efforts there and ask questions such as: "How reliable and effective is the growing Iraqi security establishment and what is its ethnic makeup?"

Mr. Wolf said that such a report would "assure Americans -- no matter what their positions are on the war -- that every effort is being made to protect our troops and realize our goal of a secure and peaceful Iraq."

With that, Mr. Wolf stated what the conclusion should be before the group has even been formed -- i.e., a rubber stamp of administration policies.

Mr. Wolf also said of conversations he had with senior military officials and Iraqi leaders: "No one I talked to during my recent trip believes we will lose the war on the ground in Iraq; it's here at home that they are concerned about."

However, in a news story the previous day, The Post reported Saudi Foreign Minister Saud Faisal's vastly different vision. He said Iraq "is gradually going toward disintegration. There seems to be no dynamic now that is pulling the country together."

If the Saudis are so concerned, why aren't U.S. officials?


Silver Spring


In his op-ed, Rep. Frank Wolf referred to "the suicide attacks carried out by foreign fighters who have poured into Iraq in hopes of undermining our progress and turning the Iraqi people against us."

The Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report last week showing that foreign fighters account for just 4 to 10 percent of the estimated 30,000 insurgents fighting in Iraq. The myth that Mr. Wolf perpetuated seems designed to mislead the American people about the nature of this war.