"During more than seven hours of testimony this week, a Senate committee heard that Iraq is in a low-grade civil war, that there are no additional U.S. or allied troops to help and that Iraqi soldiers are far from ready to take over.
"From experts on the war in Iraq, senators heard that a new constitution could make things worse, and wouldn't quiet the insurgency.
"They heard that the oil industry is sabotaged for profit, not just politics, and that much of the billions of dollars spent on reconstruction so far have accomplished nothing.
"Discount half of what you said, it's still damn disturbing," Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., told the witnesses."
There’s more "Experts offer pessimistic outlooks on Iraq" at NBC Action News.