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Bush Gives an Inch on Iraq

Posted on May 10, 2007

President Bush says he is now willing to talk about setting up benchmarks to gauge progress in Iraq, perhaps responding to pressure from both sides of the political aisle.  However, he also made it clear Thursday that he’s going to reject another bill expected to pass soon in the House that would stop funding for the Iraq war this July.

AP via CNN:

At the same time, Bush pressured Iraqi leaders to move swiftly on a number of measures that could be used as benchmarks, 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. U.S. officials have urged Iraq’s parliament to abandon plans to take a two-month vacation this summer.

Bush’s willingness to put benchmarks in a war-funding bill represented a shift in position 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.

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By Dale Headley, May 11, 2007 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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Don’t be fooled!  What Bush means by “benchmarks” is not what everybody else means.  For Bush, benchmarks are just amorphous guidelines that may or may not be met - it really doesn’t matter.  The bottom line: George Bush does not intend, for any reason whatsoever, to EVER leave Iraq.  For one thing, the military-industrial complex won’t allow it. For another, Bush’s definition of “victory”  is the complete annihilation of all Iraqis who believe that Iraq belongs to them, not Exxon-Mobil, Chevron, and Halliburton.  His delusion is that “victory” will save him from going down in history as the worst president ever.  What he doesn’t seem to understand: that train has already left the station.

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By rowdy, May 11, 2007 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

bush’s real problem is penis envy. if he gives up an inch he will be dickless.

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By James Yell, May 11, 2007 at 6:31 am Link to this comment
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Bush is one of those people who can not tell the truth, about anything. People he is a liar and his administration has been one continual lie, elected by lies, sustained by lies and lawless behavior. We now know that the reasons for invasion was wholly fabricated from the first, why is this man still in office? Why are we still in Iraq, except to steal or control the oil? I think the answer is so the already grossly rich can be even more so. Down with kleptomania politicalous.

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By Verne Arnold, May 11, 2007 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

Re., #69189 Thomas Billis

Mr. Billis; Well said…I agree!!!


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By vet240, May 10, 2007 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment
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bu$h is doing as I expected. He is simply buying time in order to assure the troops will still be fighting and dying when he leaves office.

He is a Sociopath who doesn’t care how many have to die to preserve his legasy.

He and his followers know that the next President (a Democrat most likely will be left holding the baghdad.

Don’t worry, each of us will get to hold a small piece of it too in the form of a mountain of debt so big our Great-Grand children will be paying on it.

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By Milton Kirby, May 10, 2007 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment
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Bush isn’t giving up anything. This is how public opinion is manipulated. A month or two ago, articles written at were reporting that the Bush administration had had enough of the democratically elected government in Iraq. There was talk of an engineered coup and putting Iyad Allayi back in power. This is still a possibility. Guess what it depends on? You guessed it. Benchmarks!! The first, and the reason that Cheney went to Iraq, is the passage of the “Lets give all the oil to the American and British oil companies Law”. The Iraqis are hesitant to just hand over their resources and ChainOil had to pressure them in person. Another Benchmark is the control of the Shi’ite death squads that were trained by whoever Bush hires to train death squads. So now, two months later, “Benchmarks”
have been leaked and all of a sudden the “Democrats” have a “compromise”. Bush gets just what he engineered in the first place; the war goes on and if the Iraqi government doesn’t act like Bush wants, the Democrats will have a hand in the eventual overthrow of that government. Nothing is as it seems. This insidious control of public opinion is part of the propaganda war against the American people.

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By Tanna, May 10, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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People are missing the point with this announcement. He is using the call for ‘benchmarks’, specifically to pressure the Iraq’s, with the support of Congress, into signing away their oil rights to US oil interests.

The “..legislation to share Iraq’s oil wealth, hold provincial elections and update the constitution.” is all about codifying control of the oil reserves by others than the Iraqi poeple, since they would have minority rep on the new proposed oil board controlling contracts. The other reps (majority) would be from the major oil companies.

It is another attempt to disguise and manipulate, and of course the press is going along for the ride.

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By don knutsen, May 10, 2007 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment

Can’t the shrub just writehimself another signing statement ? Can’t they just double-up on the Blackwater mercenaires ? The democrats are still too timid to demand what the people want. Us outa Iraq…its our presense there that is keeping the violence ramped up. If we go, who is there to bomb ? Other Iraqi’s…we should be following Mike Gravel’s idea of instead of spending billions ea. week killing them, spend half of that hiring them to rebuild there own country, let them have some pride in that and get all of our people out of there..the soldiers and the soldier of fortune crowd and the Halliburtons ( et al ).Shit-can the PSA agreements and let them decide how they will use their oil. They are going to have to compete on the open market to sell it, they can’t drink it, what would be the difference from how it is now? Our nation made a terrible blunder following these neo-cons into Iraq and were only compounding the fiasco in staying. The longer we stay, the more inflamed the moslems of the world become. It is the single thing that does threaton our security, and ironically, this War president has made us all much less secure despite all his lies to the contrary.

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By QuyTran, May 10, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

Bush/Cheney have to give up all they wanted ! Their times are coming soon. The sooner getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan the better for their dynasty.

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By Hammo, May 10, 2007 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

Bush is in a corner, with Republicans ready to bail out on the continued occupation of Iraq. His willingness to “give an inch” looks more like possible deception and delaying tactics.

As many experts have said, the invasion and occupation of Iraq may go down as one of the most terrible blunders in US history. It is making terrorism worse and those who pushed for the invasion were horribly misguided. Related to this:

“With knowledge of Iraq, terrorism, John Mack, M.D., speaks to us now” (

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By Sid Leader, May 10, 2007 at 12:54 pm Link to this comment
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So, who gets to tell Deadeye Dick that he’s all wrong on the benchmarks?

Byron York?

William “The Vampire” Kristol?

Dickhead’s carrying, people… just check out that XXXXXXXXXXXXXL flak jacket he cowered behind as he slunked off Air Force Two in Baghdad… looking for the nearest Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 10, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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What a guy.28% approval rating.Majority of the Iraqis want us out.His party is just about to revolt against his policies and he is willing to negotiate.
I want to live in Bushworld where the flowers are always in bloom and everybody thinks Bush is the smartest man in the world.
Only the Democrats could blow this confrontation with Mr Delusional.

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