Administration Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains
Goals Unmet; Smaller Strides to Be Promoted
By Karen DeYoung and Thomas E. Ricks
The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy, according to senior administration officials closely involved in the matter. As they prepare an interim report due next week, officials are marshaling alternative evidence of progress to persuade Congress to continue supporting the war.
"Well, we didn't meet the criteria. So how about THESE criteria instead?"
It's astounding that these people have been wrong as predictably and consistently as they have been. If they had rolled dice, they'd be right occasionally. And they have been wrong every single time.