In the previous post there were several comments about the frustration felt by what seems to be a minority of supporters of the US effort in Iraq. All wars are finalized by two things, the collapse of the will or ability of one or both sides to continue the conflict and some political compromise. Without both, wars are usually paused and resume at a later date. In conducting the Iraq War the Bush Administration made many ghastly decisions. None appeared worse than the firing of the Iraq army, en masse. However as bad as that decision was, the rousing of political expectations for Iraqi society was probably worse. The failure of lofty goals and naive expectations has done damage that overshadows the accomplishments of the US military. This administration never understood the limitations in time that the American political class and the American media place on any foreign military venture. Our country may have worthy long term goals, but none are so important as an individual politician's term in office and personal craven ambition.
(hat tip: Sam)
Iraq fails to meet all reform goals, report will say
AP, Washington Times
A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said yesterday.
The "pivot point" for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on President Bush's "surge" plan is due, but instead will come this week when the interim mid-July assessment is released, the official said.
"The facts are not in question," the official told the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft is still under discussion. "The real question is how the White House proceeds with a post-surge strategy in light of the report."
The report, required by law, is expected to be delivered to Capitol Hill by Thursday or Friday, as the Senate takes up a $649 billion defense policy bill and votes on a Democratic amendment ordering troop withdrawals to begin in 120 days.
Also being drafted are several Republican-backed proposals that would force a new course in Iraq, including one by Sens. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, and Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat, that would require U.S. troops to abandon combat missions. Mrs. Collins and Mr. Nelson say their binding amendment would order the U.S. mission to focus on training the Iraqi security forces, targeting al Qaeda members and protecting Iraq's borders...