Report Finds Little Progress On Iraq Goals

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 ... Full Story »

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Matt Smyth
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by Matt Smyth - Oct. 1, 2008

The story presents a pretty mixed picture presented by the General Accounting office (GAO), but given the mandate from Congress of an up or down vote on the objectives the the GAO was constrained to only give 3 objectives an up vote. My issue is with the lack of a big picture and multiple viewpoints. How did the GAO gather its information? Where its information differs from the DoD why is that? It seems a pretty one sided story whose sole intent is to give Congressmen who want to pull out of Iraq now, something to hang their reason on in case Patraeus' report in September isn't negative enough.

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