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Shocker: Congress Report Says Surge Failed

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Iraqi soldiers take a break as their comrades stand guard at a checkpoint near Sadr City.

Auditors say Iraq goals not being met

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – 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 Sept. 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…

The GAO, the congressional watchdog, is expected to find that the Iraqis have met only modest security goals for Baghdad and none of the major political aims such as passage of an oil law…

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…

“It’s pretty clear that if that’s your measurement standard a majority of the benchmarks would be determined not to have been met,” said one official. “A lot of them are multipart and so, even if 90 percent of it is done, it’s still a failure.”

At the Pentagon, spokesman Geoff Morrell previewed the administration’s response to the GAO report, comparing it unfavorably to the July findings.

“The standard the GAO has set is far more stringent,” he told reporters. “Some might argue it’s impossible to meet.” …

What a shock. A Democrat report claims that the Iraqis have not met their impossible benchmarks and therefore the war is lost.

Obviously the GAO’s “all or nothing” standard was intended to guarantee this finding from the start.

The real surprise here is that for once the AP bothers to report the administration’s side.

But of course the headline and the lede are all that most people will read. And those claim that the surge has failed.

And that is what the Democrats and their media lickspittles want to drum into the public’s mind in advance of the (Democrat ordered) Petraeus report.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 30th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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