New Iraq report: 15 of 18 government benchmarks achieved

by Infidelesto on July 1, 2008 · 4 comments

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Harry Reid? Barack Obama? Nancy Pelosi? Joe Biden? John Murtha?

So much for that failed surge, huh guys?


WASHINGTON (AP) – No matter who is elected president in November, his foreign policy team will have to deal with one of the most frustrating realities in Iraq: the slow pace with which the government in Baghdad operates.

Iraq’s political and military success is considered vital to U.S. interests, whether troops stay or go. And while the Iraqi government has made measurable progress in recent months, the pace at which it’s done so has been achingly slow.

The White House sees the progress in a particularly positive light, declaring in a new assessment to Congress that Iraq’s efforts on 15 of 18 benchmarks are “satisfactory”—almost twice of what it determined to be the case a year ago. The May 2008 report card, obtained by the Associated Press, determines that only two of the benchmarks—enacting and implementing laws to disarm militias and distribute oil revenues—are unsatisfactory.

In the past 12 months, since the White House released its first formal assessment of Iraq’s military and political progress, Baghdad politicians have reached several new agreements seen as critical to easing sectarian tensions.

They have passed, for example, legislation that grants amnesty for some prisoners and allows former members of Saddam Hussein’s political party to recover lost jobs or pensions. They also determined that provincial elections would be held by Oct. 1.

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  • Philip Saenz

    Liberals always run around with a dark cloud over their heads. That’s why they always speak of failure.

    Conservatives are optimists, who always get the job done. Conservatives are usually Republicans. Liberals are pessimists, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” type. Liberals usually belong to the Democrat Party. I say “Democrat Party” because Democrats don’t like it.

    Have you noticed that liberals hardly ever smile? And when they do smile, it’s a fakey smile. I guess we’ll just have to live with liberals whether we like it or not. However, I wish liberals would vanish. Such sourpussies.

  • JDAM

    Love the new site.

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