Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More Bad News from Iraq for Democrats...

When things looked bright for Democrats this spring for a major power shift in 2008, the Marines go ruin it all! Read from the New York Post how the Marines pulled Falujah Out of the Al Qaeda quagmire.

It looks like the surge is working, and the violence of Al Qaeda on the Iraqi citizenry is backfiring BIG TIME. I love it when America wins!


At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Report Finds Little Progress On Iraq Goals
GAO Draft at Odds With White House

By Karen DeYoung and Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, August 30, 2007; Page A01

Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report. The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment by the White House last month adequately reflected the range of views the GAO found within the administration.

The strikingly negative GAO draft, which will be delivered to Congress in final form on Tuesday, comes as the White House prepares to deliver its own new benchmark report in the second week of September, along with congressional testimony from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker. They are expected to describe significant security improvements and offer at least some promise for political reconciliation in Iraq.

An Iraqi army vehicle drives through the empty streets of the Shiite holy city of Karbala. The GAO draft report has determined that only one of eight political benchmarks that the United States set for Iraq has been achieved. (Associated Press)

A Less Favorable Review
A draft report from the Government Accountability Office is more pessimistic than a July White House report in assessing 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for Iraq.

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The draft provides a stark assessment of the tactical effects of the current U.S.-led counteroffensive to secure Baghdad. "While the Baghdad security plan was intended to reduce sectarian violence, U.S. agencies differ on whether such violence has been reduced," it states. While there have been fewer attacks against U.S. forces, it notes, the number of attacks against Iraqi civilians remains unchanged. It also finds that "the capabilities of Iraqi security forces have not improved."

At 9:01 AM, Anonymous ul said...


Phew! I bet you are breathing easier with this bit of "news", eh? We'll see what actually comes out.

In the mean time, I'll be rooting for the military and hope they have complete success in Iraq, while you libs root for the terrorists in hopes you gain the White house. Thanks for dropping by.

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

UL, I saw the piece anonymous left, and it's striking. I suspect it is completely truthful. Watch my series of videos today and you'll see why I believe that we will not have any fortune over there.

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous Kristen said...

Gen. Petraeus: “[T]angible political progress…has not worked out as we had hoped.” [9/7/07]

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten: “[D]isappointment is the right word for…the Iraqi federal government.” [9/5/07]

Government Accountability Office: Iraqi government “has met only one of eight political benchmarks.” [9/4/07]

Congressional Research Service: “[T]he Iraqi government is in essential collapse.” [9/6/07]

National Intelligence Estimate: The government “will become more precarious over the next six to 12 months.” [8/23/07]

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous ul said...

But the military is "kicking their ass." The political situation will follow. What a great day! Thanks General!


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