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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:35 am 
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Report Finds Little Progress On Iraq Goals

From the Washington Post.

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And they are already being pressured to change the story to support Bush administration propaganda.

Pentagon disputes parts of Iraq report

WASHINGTON — Stung by the bleak findings of a congressional audit of progress in Iraq, the Pentagon has asked that some of the negative assessments be revised.

The Associated Press has learned that the GAO report was on track to conclude that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks set to judge the Iraqi government's performance in the political and security arenas haven't been met.

"We have provided the GAO with information which we believe will lead them to conclude that a few of the benchmark grades should be upgraded from `not met' to `met,'" Morrell said. He declined to elaborate or to spell out which of the benchmark grades the Pentagon was disputing.

At the White House, officials argued that the GAO report, which was required by legislation President Bush signed last spring, was unrealistic because it assigned "pass or fail" grades to each benchmark, rather than assessing whether the Iraqis have made progress toward reaching the benchmark goals.

"A bar was set so high, that it was almost not to be able to be met," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said. "On the other hand, one of the things it does not take into account, which is not on the benchmark list, is the cooperation of the Sunni tribes, who have decided to fight back against al-Qaida."

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Report Casts New Doubt on Progress of Iraq Goals

A new Congressional report is casting fresh doubt on the Bush administration’s claims of progress in Iraq. The Government Accountability Office says the Iraqi government has met just three of the eighteen benchmarks set by U.S. lawmakers. Overall violence was found to have remained the same. The Iraqi military showed a decrease in the number of units able to operate without U.S. assistance. A government official says he leaked the report to the Washington Post out of concern its conclusions would be watered down in final form.

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