July 01, 2008

New Iraq Report Card: 15 of 18 Benchmarks "Satsifactory"
— Ace

I'll lower myself to linking AP here because the story is important enough.

I'd say the headline is pretty positive. Not the AP though. Here's their lede:

No matter who is elected president in November, his foreign policy team will have to deal with one of the most frustrating realities in Iraq: the slow pace with which the government in Baghdad operates.

True, I suppose, though the US government is hardly a jackrabbit either. Perhaps a more informative lede would have been:

No matter who is elected president in November, his foreign policy team will confront an Iraq far more stable, peaceful, and well-functioning than would have been predicted by the most optimistic of analysts a mere year ago.

More:

...

The White House sees the progress in a particularly positive light...

Um, that's the way "the White House sees" it? Really? Just them? I would think it to be an objective fact that the report is positive.

...declaring in a new assessment to Congress that Iraq's efforts on 15 of 18 benchmarks are "satisfactory" — almost twice of what it determined to be the case a year ago. The May 2008 report card, obtained by the Associated Press, determines that only two of the benchmarks — enacting and implementing laws to disarm militias and distribute oil revenues — are unsatisfactory.

The militias are being rapidly disarmed. Perhaps it's still not satisfactory, but it's happening. Quickly.

Posted by: Ace at 11:56 AM | Comments (42)
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1 "15 out of 18 is a failure!" - DLC

Posted by: Kaitian at July 01, 2008 11:58 AM (a5qbk)

2 Someone should ask Reid and Lollopelosi how their benchmarks are going, like energy independence.

Posted by: Captain Hate at July 01, 2008 12:08 PM (6FjBP)

3 15 out of 18? Let's compare that record to the "House of Pelosi". You know, the people who have a lower approval rating than the president. But let's put that it a positive way. The House with the LOWEST approval rating since it began being measured. Hey, they can always shout "We're Number One!".

Posted by: GarandFan at July 01, 2008 12:17 PM (eJ32B)

4 Let's see. We declared our independence on 7/4/1776 and didn't adopt our constitute until 9/17/1787.  But I guess time went by faster than.

Posted by: PMII at July 01, 2008 12:38 PM (IIn8J)

5

I recall the report released in, March, I believe it was, indicating that they (our military) expected to have major progress by September of this year.

Guess it's going to come true. 

Posted by: JannyMae at July 01, 2008 02:55 PM (7Cat/)

6 Whose fucking frustration are they talking about anyhow?

Posted by: Eleven at July 01, 2008 04:07 PM (7DB+a)

7 Fuck. I was just getting comfortable here.


Posted by: DrewM at July 01, 2008 04:25 PM (hlYel)

8 No sock puppets using the new fangled comment thingy?  That's no fun.

Posted by: DrewM at July 01, 2008 04:26 PM (hlYel)

9 Iraq: Historic conversion from oppressive tyranny to functional democracy.

Pelosi/Reid Congress: Historic conversion of cafeteria utensils to Earth-friendly decomposables.

AP Reportage: Historic incapacity to differentiate its a** from a hole in the ground.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at July 01, 2008 04:26 PM (sI5Ho)

10

Just heard Vincent Bugliosi discussing his book re: the prosecution of Bush for murder on Medved.

He actually makes a pretty strong case.

For his own insanity.

Posted by: TMF at July 01, 2008 04:26 PM (/YM8H)

11

Because laws disarm militias.

Much in the same way laws make swaths of real estate gun free.

I'm going to go outside and scream now for about five hours.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at July 01, 2008 04:27 PM (B+qrE)

12 Ace, the report is only positive if you're routing for our side.  So, no, it's not a positive report from the AP's perspective.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at July 01, 2008 04:35 PM (ltwze)

13 I can has success?

Posted by: Tinian at July 01, 2008 04:38 PM (1Mq7K)

14 The militias are being rapidly disarmed.

What's more important is that some of the militia members are being dislegged, distorsoed, and/or disheaded.

Posted by: adamthemad at July 01, 2008 04:41 PM (kIjlp)

15 15 out of 18 does not a trend make. - the Deciders aka the MSM

Posted by: Darth Randall at July 01, 2008 06:15 PM (oLULt)

16 if I hit 15 out of 18, I could play in the bigs, but probably not the minors, like the Democratic Congess: "what are you doing? Raising the standards?"

Posted by: Frank G at July 01, 2008 06:37 PM (P0rQD)

17 There is still a staggeringly high kite shortage.

Wingnuts!

Posted by: eman at July 01, 2008 07:23 PM (WWkFI)

18 Sounds like a democrat quagmire to me.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at July 01, 2008 07:27 PM (dcqty)

19 15 of 18 Benchmarks............. That is NOT the Iraq I know.

Posted by: mavs at July 01, 2008 08:30 PM (2Qpic)

20 Are there really no sock puppets?

Posted by: Sock Puppet at July 01, 2008 08:52 PM (e321h)

21 Maybe there are sock puppets.

Posted by: Nom de Blog at July 01, 2008 08:52 PM (e321h)

22 I think there are sockpuppets for folks who aren't signed in to mu.nu or mee.nu. If you're signed in it automatically defaults your info to whatever is in your mu.nu/mee.nu profile. 

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at July 01, 2008 08:56 PM (1Ug6U)

23  This is a TEST.

Posted by: ur-Gabe at July 01, 2008 08:57 PM (1Ug6U)

24 Yep.

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at July 01, 2008 08:57 PM (1Ug6U)

25 Iraqi Government Benchmarks: 15
Democratic Congress Benchmarks: 0

Posted by: richard mcenroe at July 02, 2008 12:03 AM (N2z1C)

26 If Michelle Obama hit 15 out of 18, she wouldn't have needed the legacy admission to Princeton. So this doesn't really help her children. At all.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max's Sock Puppet at July 02, 2008 10:18 AM (kKgTD)

27 You have to change your screen name AFTER the preview to have it appear. Otherwise, the post defaults to your regular name, or your last sock puppet.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at July 02, 2008 10:20 AM (kKgTD)

28 Here I've changed my screen name before preview. Note that it reverted to Sort-of-Mad Max.

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at July 02, 2008 10:22 AM (kKgTD)

29 Here I've changed it after preview.

Posted by: Klargon, destroyer of bars at July 02, 2008 10:23 AM (kKgTD)

30 That's it for today, class. Now who the hell hid the Valu-rite???

Posted by: Klargon, destroyer of bars at July 02, 2008 10:24 AM (kKgTD)

31 And my screen name?????

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at July 02, 2008 10:25 AM (kKgTD)

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