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July 12, 2007

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First of all Congradulations TROOPS!!! You are the greatest Military in the world.

Second of all Thank You and it's about time PRESIDENT BUSH!

Third, Can you IDIOT'S in Congress SHUT THE F*** UP UNTIL SEPTEMBER???

WASHINGTON — U.S. military and diplomatic officials gave the Iraqi government a satisfactory rating on eight of 18 political and security benchmarks, a mixed rating on two and an unsatisfactory rating on eight benchmarks in a White House report prepared for Congress.

The interim progress report out Thursday — a second one due in September — says progress in Iraq has been good on key security areas such as the deployment of Iraqi forces in Baghdad, the establishment of joint security stations in Baghdad and the increased capability and independence of Iraqi military units as well as a few economic and political matters.

Unsatisfactory progress was cited in a number of political benchmarks, including the passage of a hydrocarbon law, a debaathification statute and electoral reforms. The report also points out challenges of disarming militias and ensuring full Iraqi government control of security operations in Baghdad neighborhoods.

President Bush addressed reporters on Thursday morning, saying that he would take recommendations from commanders on the ground and consult with Congress, but would not bend to those who want to cut and run. He noted that last fall, Anbar province was reported in the media to be all but lost. Today, violence is down and the situation has changed dramatically.

"Those who believe that the battle in Iraq is lost will likely point to the unsatisfactory performance on some of the political benchmarks. Those of us who believe the battle in Iraq can and must be won see the satisfactory performance on several of the security benchmarks as a cause for optimism," Bush said.

He said he was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to the Middle East in August.

White House officials emphasize this is an interim report to measure progress in Iraq, and they continue to place emphasis on the September report, which will include the comments and recommendations of Gen. David Petraeus, head of Multinational Forces in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker.

Officials say the report shows that more satisfactory evaluations were given on the security benchmarks as opposed to the political ones, which was to be expected because the strategy was designed to emphasize security first.

Leading into the troop surge that began early this year, the belief was that progress on security, if possible, would help political reconciliation and allow progress in that arena.

The 25-page report, which measures benchmarks laid out by Congress in a funding bill passed earlier this year, says the security situation in Iraq "remains complex and extremely challenging."

"As a result of increased offensive operations, Coalition and Iraqi Forces have sustained increased attacks in Iraq, particularly Baghdad, Diyala and Salah ad Din. Tough fighting should be expected through the summer," the report states.

The report says that Al Qaeda in Iraq has shown "resiliency" with its ability to pull off mass-casualty attacks, largely through vehicle-based bombings, but the report also says that the number of those types of attacks decreased in May and June.

In the report, the administration accused Syria of supplying as many as 50 to 80 suicide bombers per month for Al Qaeda in Iraq. It also said Iran continues to fund extremist groups.

Officials say the decrease could be a result of the troop surge, and "additional U.S. forces into these areas allows us to better combat AQI havens."

The report also predicts heavier attacks in September "in an effort to influence U.S. domestic opinion about sustained U.S. engagement in Iraq." Congress has set its sights on the September report as the to make definitive decisions on the course of the Iraq war.

"When we start drawing down our forces in Iraq, it will (be) because our military commanders say the conditions on the ground are right, not because pollsters say it'll be good politics," Bush said.

"The real debate over Iraq is between those who think the fight is lost or not worth the cost and those who believe the fight can be won, and that, as difficult as the fight is, the costs of defeat would be far higher. I believe we can succeed in Iraq, and I know we must," he said.

Expectations for the report were set low earlier this week when news leaked that the Iraqis would fail to meet most if not all benchmarks. With the bar set so low, Democratic lawmakers as well as some Republicans began debating a proposal to pull out most of the U.S. troops in Iraq by April 2008.

Weekly Standard Publisher Bill Kristol said he hoped that lawmakers wanted to win the war in Iraq, especially since the benchmarks they created are artificial. Devised in Washington, D.C., they measure such things as pieces of legislation to be passed by Iraq's Parliament.

"The Democratic Congress hasn't exactly met its benchmarks," Kristol told FOX News. "What's happening on the ground is quite encouraging. I don't want to overstate it, it's a war ... but in the real world in Iraq, as opposed to the artificial benchmark war in Washington, Iraq is getting better."

The administration's report referred repeatedly to the Iraq Study Group that issued a report last winter that drew widespread praise in Congress. The bipartisan panel said Bush should start handing off the combat mission to the Iraqi forces and pave the way for a drawdown of U.S. forces in 2008. However, it also declared that it may be necessary to surge troops for a while.

"While all of those conditions have not yet been met, and the new strategy is still in its early stages, there are some encouraging signs that should, over time, point the way to a more normalized and sustainable level of U.S. engagement in Iraq, with a decreasing number of U.S. combat forces increasingly focused on a core set of missions, such as those set out by the bipartisan Iraq Study Group," the report states.

Initial Benchmark Report PDF

Initial Benchmark Report HTML
So Progress IS being made in Iraq. Is it progressing as fast as Congress want's it to? No. But it is Progressing. There is no doubt the Troop Surge IS working. But Congress continues to moan continuously that it isnt, and the full force has only been in Country 3 weeks! And Congress is screaming that the Surge isnt working NOW? September is a way's off yet dolts! It is time for Congress to shut the hell up and leave this war to the Generals on the ground, the Troops and the President. Keep the fact's coming Mr. President!!



Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

What is truly sad is that the failures in the report will all that will be touted from the report and nothing said about the success.

That is the only way the Libs and the MSM can keep the lie going.

July 12, 2007 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i jus wnt toch u

July 12, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Yay American Troops!!! I think after they get done eliminating al qaeda and the troops come home to catch their breath we can all have a party down Washington way and let the troops pick the guys or gals that want to kick their butts and let em have at it. After they get done kicking their favorite traitor dem we throw that dem in the Potomac holding all the contents of their former offices.

July 12, 2007 12:37 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Looks like you have an admirer Marie. Lucky you;-(

July 12, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Yesterday and today, I saw the printed copies of the frontpage, LATimes. Negative, negative, pessimistic, war is lost headlining. It's beyond infuriating that this passes off as "the news".

And anyone wonders why the war has become "unpopular"?

July 12, 2007 9:19 PM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

The surge is not working! I know this because Katie Couric says so,....and we all know how reliable THAT is!


July 13, 2007 7:44 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Pretty soon there wont be anything the Liberals can do about the good news coming from Iraq I can feel it in my bones.


Hell yeah a ticker tate parade is what all out Troops need to get invited for down Washington way, I long for that day, but I dont think it's going to happen this is just another front, and you know as well as I do what has to happen next! Which we wont get into here in the open where the enemy can see.

P.S., He/she/or it posted on the wrong blog Jenn lol


No it isnt any wonder, what is it that they say? If it doesnt bleed? But I have a feeling in the coming months there will be good news stories the MSM wont even be able to deny!


Oh well if Katie says so I guess we should believe her pfft!

July 13, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Beautiful work Marie!,,thanks!

July 13, 2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger Douglas V. Gibbs said...

Success doesn't sell, so the MSM will never report it. Doom and Gloom is their agenda, and death their weapon against conservatism.

July 13, 2007 5:15 PM  
Blogger Mike's America said...

I would just like ONE of these people who dismiss the good news from this INTERIM report to document where they have EVER acknowledged good news from Iraq.

July 13, 2007 7:45 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Excellent post, Marie! I second Mike's comment, but I don't think it will happen.

Off topic: It's raining cats and dogs here again. It's like a monsoon and it's been going on for ten hours! Sheesh!

July 14, 2007 8:57 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Marie, the surge is working. The surge IS working. And yet, Senators Lugar and Warner have deserted the President to call for a withdrawal of the troops.

Let's give them what they want (temporarily) Pull the troops out long enough to prove the terrorists will run amok, as we have been saying, then go back in and kick ass. You think the Libs will shut up then?

July 14, 2007 5:10 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Perhaps Kevron is posting anonymously now.

July 14, 2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Awesome post Marie!! I also totally love the pic at the top of your blog with the message under it ;-)!!

July 15, 2007 11:20 PM  
Blogger Obob said...

if we did pull out as the experts at the NYT recommend, and they admit the genocide that ensues, we could thus carpetbomb Iraq. There will be no innocent bystanders remaining.

July 16, 2007 11:46 AM  
Blogger TrekMedic251 said...

Some of the Iraqis dying in these "sectarian" bombings are sheiks, mullahs, and other village leaders who are dying BECAUSE they're throwing their support behind the troops and trying to stop AQ in its tracks!

July 16, 2007 7:36 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

Since when is the NYT 'expert' in anything - especially non-conventional warfare?

General Meade once tarred and feathered a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter who had the idea that he was more qualified to assess battle conditions then the General.

We should bring back this tradition.

July 16, 2007 8:11 PM  

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