Analysis by Dahr Jamail
NOTE: JAMAIL IS A HIGHLY RESPECTED INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST WRITING DAILY FROM IRAQ.
WASHINGTON, Mar 18 (IPS) - Devastation on the ground and largely held Iraqi opinion contradicts claims by U.S. officials that the situation in Iraq has improved towards the fifth anniversary of the invasion Mar. 19.
U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney, during a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday declared the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a "successful endeavour".