July 12th, 2007
09:44 AM ET
7 years ago

Progress on Iraqi benchmarks mixed, U.S. officials say

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An interim progress report on Iraq shows the war-torn country has made mostly satisfactory progress in meeting eight military benchmarks, but has received generally unsatisfactory marks on political progress, the Bush administration said.

The summary says Iraq has made mixed progress on two others. President Bush planned to hold a news conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss the report's findings.

The benchmarks, mandated by Congress, are meant to help the United States determine its political, economic, and military strategy in coming months following a U.S. troop increase that began in February. Administration officials were calling the "interim report" a snapshot of what is going on in Iraq.

The report says the Iraqis have made satisfactory military progress by setting up joint U.S.-Iraqi security stations in Baghdad neighborhoods, but have failed to adequately increase the number of Iraqi security units capable of operating independently. On the political side, the establishment of a Constitutional Review Committee and completion of that review was rated satisfactory.

Following a Wednesday meeting at the White House with Bush, who discussed his recent trip to Iraq, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told reporters the report would show "some success" on the military side. But McCain added bluntly, "On the political side, there is none."

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  1. ReadBtwthlins

    Is your freedom glass half empty or half full?

    July 12, 2007 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. William in Alabama

    I think this blog stinks, and the new home page is no better. Would like to be able to commuicate with Lou and Jack the only ones that really are honest and tell the truth at CNN.

    July 12, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Ann Brunswick ME

    What did you expect? Be realistic for once.

    July 12, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Pete, T.S. FL

    Let me guess the answer from “W” will be “Stay the course” “Stay the course” “Stay the course” translated into English it means “I have no clue” “I have no clue” “I have no clue”

    Some more translations:
    “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 as difficult as the fight is, the cost of defeat would be far higher.”
    What he meant to say:
    I will spend every dollar available and every drop of American blood it takes to prove my point!
    Don’t be fooled AMERICA!


    July 12, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Victor AKA Shark Scottsdale AZ

    After hearing thr Presidents speech today it is clear that he is once again loosing touch with the idea's of benchmarks and the American people. The American people are not concerned with "can we win the war" I feel we are concerened with why we have not won the war- The policy of slow action and sub-warlike tatics that have caused this war to go on for longer than WW's. A new phrase from the President "war fatigue" for Americans and his plan keeps us fatigued for another decade- not a good idea for the world! Finally why is it that our services members can be trained in months and the Iraqi's can't be trained in 4-5 years? Let's face it if someone else will work for you why do any work exspecially when it means people die when at work!

    July 12, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Mary, Holland, MI

    liar, liar pants on fire...

    July 12, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Jason of Canton, Ohio

    Thursday, July 12, 2007 11:09 P.M.

    Last I remember when the Chinese Embassy was hit and after that, was video of protestors holding signs up and screaming to dare the U.S. Military to target them... our flag was risen in another country also as to say to the United States, "Target this!"

    It seems to me now, that there was a 9/11, behind the scenes the United States wasn't granted the resources necessary to go into many other counrties and weed out the terrorists besides the few we are currently engaged with. I beleive President Bush and especially the vice president had these events in mind. Although, that wouldn't have lead us into Iraq with an exception being that Iraq was seen only as a stragtegic placement in order to establish a permanent base there because of disagreements and terrorism. We're being told to turn the other cheek here and that is something that the United States cannot do and the enemies know it!

    July 12, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Ann Brunswick ME

    I have never been so ashamed to have worked with the Democratic party before in my life. Listening to their response today, I am sickened. Democrats have become the enemy of America! They are destroying their own base with their discourse and disdain.

    July 12, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Wars are not won by how the individual battles are fought.

    While the Iraqi military perhaps may finally be able to "show up" to fight now...

    There is still no political stability and we are dealing with a civil war.

    Sunni's are motivated to fight the US so they won't lose their priveledged status under Saddams rule...

    Shiite's are historically close to Iran
    due to their religious similarities are more influenced by Islamic radical fundamentalism...

    Kurds are intent to fight it out with Turkey to help their people in that country raising the stakes even more.

    Translation: the US is in a no-win situation

    July 12, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Pete, T.S. FL

    “I have never been so ashamed to have worked with the Democratic Party before in my life. Listening to their response today, I am sickened. Democrats have become the enemy of America! They are destroying their own base with their discourse and disdain.”
    It is the President that sold you a bill of goods. Read, learn and become responsible. Americans are bleeding and dying. They have no choice, they are under contract and any violation thereof is punishable by the Code.


    July 12, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    What progress? One neighborhood in Baghdad only to be taken back over eventually by 1 or 7 different militia groups. Give us all a break!

    July 13, 2007 05:39 am at 5:39 am |