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jAZ
07-12-2007, 05:32 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19723307/

BREAKING NEWS
MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: less than 1 minute ago

WASHINGTON - Iraq has achieved only spotty military and political progress toward a democratic society, the Bush administration conceded Thursday, an unenthusiastic assessment followed quickly by a House vote to withdraw U.S. troops by spring.

The measure passed 223-201 despite a veto threat from President Bush, who has ruled out any change in war policy before September.

“The security situation in Iraq remains complex and extremely challenging,” the report concluded. The economic picture is uneven, it said, and the government has not yet enacted vital political reconciliation legislation.

As many as 80 suicide bombers per month cross into the country from Syria, added the interim assessment, which is to be followed by a fuller accounting in September from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in the region.

“I believe we can succeed in Iraq, and I know we must,” Bush said at a White House news conference at which he stressed the interim nature of the report.

Describing a document produced by his administration at Congress’ insistence, he said there was satisfactory progress by the Iraqi government toward meeting eight of 18 so-called benchmarks, unsatisfactory progress on eight more and mixed results on the others.

To his critics — including an increasing number of Republicans — he said bluntly, “I don’t think Congress ought to be running the war. I think they ought to be funding the troops.”

‘Waited too long’
Democrats saw it differently.

A few hours after Bush’s remarks, Democratic leaders engineered passage of legislation requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops to begin within 120 days, and to be completed by April 1, 2008.

Ugly Duck
07-13-2007, 08:37 AM
Its working.... Republicans are peeling off one by one. Not a steady drip yet, but getting there. Almost time to quit dumping money and lives into Iraq & investing in the pursuit of AQ instead. Almost time to return to a reasoned approach.

Radar Chief
07-13-2007, 08:46 AM
Its working.... Republicans are peeling off one by one. Not a steady drip yet, but getting there. Almost time to quit dumping money and lives into Iraq & investing in the pursuit of AQ instead. Almost time to return to a reasoned approach.

:spock: You’re talking about shrinking from the battle with al Qaeda to go after al Qaeda? ROFL

Ugly Duck
07-13-2007, 10:25 PM
:spock: You’re talking about shrinking from the battle with al Qaeda to go after al Qaeda? ROFL

No, no no.... you've got it all wrong! I'm talking about leaving the Iraq civil war to go after Al Qaeda! Luckily, your Republicans are beginning to see the light.... one by one they are coming to our side - join us now before you are left standing alone with Bush & Cheney!

Logical
07-13-2007, 11:09 PM
Repost

House votes to restrict Iraq war funding in the future based on a drawdown. (http://67.18.68.69/BB/showthread.php?t=165864)