His lips are moving...
Bush Seeks Compromise on Iraq Benchmarks
President Bush, under growing political pressure, agreed to negotiate with Congress on a war-spending bill that sets benchmarks for progress in Iraq.
The turnabout in Bush's position came as Republicans expressed anxieties about the war and the House was expected to pass legislation that would cut off funding for U.S. troops as early as July.
Bush pressured Iraqi leaders to move swiftly on a number of long-pending measures, including legislation to share Iraq's oil wealth, hold provincial elections and update the constitution.
"They have got to speed up their clock,'' the president said. Washington is unhappy that Iraq's parliament plans to take a two-month vacation this summer in the midst of the war.
Bush's willingness to put benchmarks in a war-funding bill represented a shift by the president.
"One message I have heard from people of both parties is that benchmarks make sense and I agree,'' Bush said. He said his chief of staff, Joshua Bolten, would talk with congressional leaders "to find common ground'' on benchmarks.
White House officials decided Bush, after refusing to discuss his negotiating stand, should change course and declare what he is for since he been emphatic about what he is against.
Given the history of misinformation going into this war we cannot rely on the current administration to present a fair and honest picture to the American people of the progress being made. We need an independent analysis of the progress.
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