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The 27 Percent Presidency


News out today on the Iraq war benchmarks, and it isn't pretty. An audit by the non-partisan GAO (General Accountability Office) indicates that the tally is in on Bush's last big push to rectify the quagmire -- and the score? Thirteen out of the 18 benchmarks are unmet.

He's failed to meet 73 percent of the Surge's benchmark goals -- goals that Bush himself agreed to.

That's a lousy 27 percent success rate.

Interesting that the measure on these benchmarks would so closely match Bush's current approval ratings.

NY Times:

Congressional auditors have determined that 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.

The Government Accountability Office will report that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the results of an increase in American troops in Iraq are unfulfilled eight months after President Bush announced the policy, according to three officials who discussed the report on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public.

It's time to start unraveling this Republican debacle. We've let the 27 percenters run this country for far too long. There is simply no reason whatsoever to allow Bush to continue to lead the Iraq War effort. His score is 27 percent. Good frick'ing grief -- it's time to put a stop to this.

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Comments (7)


"An audit by the Bush Adminstration's GAO (General Accountability Office) "

are you talking about this GAO?


Lee Ward:

"are you talking about this GAO?'

Thank you, HughS, my bad - and the post has been corrected.

Next time one of the Wiznuts corrects one of their posts anytime within a week of making a similar error you please let me know. In my experience, they rarely if ever make corrections that are brought to their attention until long after the damage is done.

thanks again.

I'll keep an eye on them for you :)

Lee Ward:

lol! - thanks...


Two things.

The first is that a simple pass/fail on a complex political/military/economic/social issue is pretty idiotic. but then, it's politicians who are asking for it, so that's redundant, i suppose. Personally, I'd think it's much more important to see exactly what progress has been made towards a specific goal, rather than the simple yes/no. If you want it boiled down: Life has complex questions, the answers can be equally complex.

The second is that just because there is progress does not mean that there has been enough progress to reduce the military presence or that there won't be negative effects if we reduce our presence.

Lee Ward:

"The first is that a simple pass/fail on a complex political/military/economic/social issue is pretty idiotic"


did you have more to say, Lee, or was there a technical problem or something?


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