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GAO Report Gives Iraq Gov’t an ‘F’

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Posted on Sep 4, 2007

Well, it’s not as bad as last week’s leaked version, but the Government Accountability Office’s Iraq progress report is still pretty grim.  According to the GAO’s findings, the current Iraqi government has failed to meet 11 out of 18 benchmarks set last May by U.S. officials.

“Violence remains high, the number of Iraqi security forces capable of conducting independent operations has declined, and militias are not disarmed,” the GAO, the investigating arm of Congress, said.

Despite the deployment of 30,000 extra U.S. troops to Iraq, raising force levels to 160,000, the number of attacks on civilians remained substantially unchanged from February to July 2007, the report said.

In Baghdad, the head of day-to-day U.S. military operations said the next three to four months would be vital to determining whether violence could be cut further and security maintained with fewer American troops.

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By ocjim, September 5, 2007 at 7:54 am Link to this comment

Unfortunately no one is listening. All cameras are trained on Bush’s neaningless photo op at the Al-Asad Airbase, one of the safest locations in all of Iraq. It upstaged Congress’s hearings on Iraq and other serious news.

It is incredible that many journalists are actually suggesting the surge is a success. They ignore more balanced reports like this one and totally gloss over the long-term toll and truth: American deaths, Iraqi civilian deaths, our money thrown down the quagmiric hole, the withdrawal of British troops from Basra, the non-sustainability of troops, the real possibility of secretly planning to bomb Iran, and the will of the people—though apathetic.

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By farmertx, September 4, 2007 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Thanks, but I’ll go with the original report, before the Shrub had it revised.
In Shrubs’ world F=Fine, so he is happy with that. Cheerful idiots don’t need a lot to make them happy.

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