Iraq Gov't Fails Progress Report

US-backed regime lags on all economic and political targets
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2007 11:26 AM CDT
Iraq Gov't Fails Progress Report
Iraqi men crowd a security checkpoint into a weekend job fair in Baghdad's Zawara park, Saturday, July 7, 2007, where 4,000 people are vying to give their resumes to 25 Iraqi companies and several international businesses. Most of the companies work off contracts from the U.S. or the Iraqi government,...   (Associated Press)

The Iraqi government has failed to meet any of the benchmarks for reforms mandated when Congress funded the troop surge, according to a progress report due out this week. An unnamed official tells the AP that the disappointing outcome will accelerate the administration's decision-making process on Iraq, but another anonymous source says any policy alteration awaits a mid-September progress report.

With GOP support for the war crumbling and the Senate preparing to vote on Democratic-backed legislation calling for troop withdrawals to begin this fall, this week's interim report has assumed new significance. White House press secretary Tony Snow soft-pedaled the findings, saying, "You are not going to expect all the benchmarks to be met at the beginning of something." (More Iraq stories.)

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