An editorial in the N.Y. Times nails Bush on his latest photo op in Iraq on Labor Day. “Despite all Mr. Bush’s cheerleading,” the new report by the GAO’s “nonpartisan Congressional investigators tells a much grimmer and closer to reality tale, concluding that the Iraqi government has failed to meet 11 of 18 military and political benchmarks to which it had agreed.” Bush’s mission in Iraq is a failure.
The report by the Government Accountability Office said that Iraq’s government has failed to eliminate militia control of local security forces, failed to increase the number of army units capable of operating independently, failed to enact long-promised legislation essential for political reconciliation and even raised doubts whether the government is capable of spending $10 billion in reconstruction funds.
And that was the buffed-up version. An earlier draft of the G.A.O. report had the Iraqis failing on 15 of the 18 goals, until the Pentagon protested that the grading was too harsh.
There is no end in sight. Bush has us in a war with no end… and he’s not about to shift gears now.
Bush clearly has no strategy to end this conflict, which has no end in sight. The American people deserve considered judgments not come-ons from their leaders. Congress needs to insist on a prudent formula that will withdraw American forces and limit the hemorrhaging.
There is no end in sight.
Enough Is Enough.