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Missing Benchmarks

Why, with these guys running things, victory is just around the corner.  Again.

The Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush’s Iraq war strategy, congressional auditors have determined.

The Associated Press has learned the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, will report that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq are unfulfilled ahead of a September 15 deadline. That’s when Bush is to give a detailed accounting of the situation eight months after he announced the policy, according to three officials familiar with the matter.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public, also said the administration is preparing a case to play down the findings, arguing that Congress ordered the GAO to use unfair, “all or nothing” standards when compiling the document.

Plus, Bush can always blame this on the weakness of the American people.  Liberalism, not enough grit, all that stuff.  We’re pussies.

An internal White House memorandum, prepared to respond to the GAO findings, says the report will claim the Iraqis have failed on at least 13 benchmarks. It also says the criteria lawmakers set for the report allow no room to report progress, only absolute success or failure.

The memo argues that the GAO will not present a “true picture” of the situation in Iraq because the standards were “designed to lock in failure,” according to portions of the document read to the AP by an official who has seen it.

What an astounding coincidence.  The entire war plan was also “designed to lock in failure.” Or, should I say, the complete, total, and utter lack of any sort of plan what to do once Saddam’s army fell. If you want to see why Iraq is a failure, there’s your answer.  That and, of course, the wussiness and lack of grit of the American people.  It’s that damn librul media, don’t you know.

Posted by Lee on 08/30/07 at 10:10 AM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil • Permalink

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