Not only does the mission of the war in Iraq keep changing, so does the definition of progress. It was President Bush who proposed that Congress set benchmarks for measuring progress in Iraq. But now that the Governmental Accountability Office says Iraq is failing to meet most of those benchmarks, Bush wants to change the focus, the New York Times reported.
He is emphasizing the new alliances that U.S. troops have with the tribes and local groups in Iraq, not the failure of the central government to make any political progress. That’s why, the Times reported, Bush didn’t visit Baghdad on a trip to Iraq this week, stopping instead in Anbar province, where Sunni insurgents are now fighting al-Qaida in Iraq.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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