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Anonymous Official: Iraq Missed All Benchmarks

From an elated Associated Press:

Senator Jim Webb (R) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hold a news conference 09 July, in Washington, DC.

Report says Iraq government hasn’t met any of its benchmarks

By ANNE FLAHERTY and ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writers

07/09/2007

WASHINGTON—A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reforms, speeding up the Bush administration’s reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.

The “pivot point” for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on Bush’s so-called “surge” plan is due, but instead will come this week when the interim mid-July assessment is released, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft is still under discussion.

But another senior official said Bush’s advisers, along with the president, decided last week there was not enough evidence from Iraq to justify a change now in current policy…

The second official said the decision was to wait for the September report—one originally proposed by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other administration officials, and then enshrined into law by Congress—before deciding whether any course shift is warranted. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so he could talk more freely about internal deliberations.

The July report, required by law, is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill by Thursday or Friday, as the Senate takes up a $649 billion defense policy bill and votes on a Democratic amendment ordering troop withdrawals to begin in 120 days.

The second administration official said the report “will present a picture of satisfactory progress on some benchmarks and not on others.” …

Please note that the headline and all of the dire claims in the article are based merely on the word of one anonymous official.

The “pivot point” for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on Bush’s so-called “surge” plan is due, but instead will come this week when the interim mid-July assessment is released, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft is still under discussion.

Again, this is another pronouncement from the same anonymous official.

It could be Harry Reid, for all we know. Or one of Harry Reid’s (or the reporter’s) imaginary friends.

And the July report was something ginned up by Congress so that they could issue this press release proving the less than a month old “surge” to be a failure.

Never mind all of the indications to the contrary. We must lose in Iraq.

The Democrats demand it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 10th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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