Shocker: Iraqi Government Misses Goals

My, really big news this is

WASHINGTON (AP) – 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 Monday.

I think this report shows, in fact, that Iraq has a level of democratic government that looks remarkably similar to our own

Pelosi lays blame for missed goals on Senate
(06-30) 04:00 PDT Washington — The problem for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t just President Bush. It’s the Senate.
Pelosi sounded more apologetic than celebratory Friday when she announced with her Senate counterpart, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democrats’ list of accomplishments six months after they seized control of Capitol Hill and promised “a new direction” in Washington.
“I’m not happy with Congress, either,” Pelosi, of San Francisco, conceded.
She pinned the blame on “the obstructionism of the Republicans in the United States Senate.”
Immigration has joined Iraq, stem cell research, Medicare drug pricing, the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations and other promises in the dustbin of the current Congress. Heading into a July Fourth recess after a bruising failure on immigration, Congress has a public approval rating in the mid-20s, lower than Bush’s and no better than Republicans’ ratings on the eve of their catastrophic election defeat in November, when the GOP lost control of the Senate and the House.
So little has been achieved that Reid threatened to hold the Senate in session during the August recess, the congressional equivalent of torture.

And it seems to me we’ve had a bit more practice at this democracy stuff then the Iraqis have.
And people aren’t blowing up cars in markets around DC, either.

2 Responses to “Shocker: Iraqi Government Misses Goals”

  1. nightfly says:

    Just a small tangential rant – “seized control of Capitol Hill”?!? Somehow I missed Pelosi and Reid charging the Congressional redoubts with bayonets fixed.
    Can’t people just say “elected” or “won a majority”?

  2. Tainted Bill says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the AP article actually mentioned what these goals for the Iraqi government were?

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