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Bush Won't Accept Benchmarks for Iraq

Townhall story:

President Bush will not sign any war spending bill that penalizes Iraq's government for failing to make progress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday, a fresh warning to Congress about challenging him.

Bush is expected to veto a bill this week that would order U.S. troops to begin withdrawing from Iraq by Oct. 1. Lacking the votes to override a veto, the Democratic-led Congress is considering a revised plan to pay for the way while requiring Iraq to meet benchmarks for progress.

This is really remarkable. Bush demands his war even if no progress whatsoever is being made. I guess the deaths, maimings and pillaging of the treasury is sufficient ground for him to keep the war going forever.


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Comments (1)

Matt:

This "news" shouldn't be so suprising. Benchmarks are not desired by our administration, because then a yardstick to measure success would exist. Efforts would be measured and found wanting. The Iraqi administration doesn't want benchmarks for much the same reason. Benchmarks would easily reveal to the rest of the world that the Iraqi government has no intention of being all inclusive, democratic, secular etc. They will be happy to see the U.S. leave as soon as we have finished the ethnic cleansing of the Sunni's for them. For a "benchmark" I believe the Iraq government would be quite satisfied with a Shiite only Bahgdad with the Sunni's pushed out into their traditional area in/ around Anbar, thus providing a buffer between them and the Kurds.


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