What Bush Considers Progress

This post, written by Oliver Willis, originally appeared on Oliver Willis: Like Kryptonite for the Stupid

7.12.07: Bush to Declare Progress in Iraq on Some Benchmarks
The Bush administration will assert in the next few days that progress in carrying out the new American strategy in Iraq has been satisfactory on nearly half of the 18 benchmarks set by Congress, according to several administration officials.
Where have I heard it before? It sounds familiar. Where have I heard the refrain that "we're making progress" in Iraq before? Oh, right. Every year for the last four years of this war.

6.28.07
"The colonel leading the assault says we have denied al Qaeda a major bastion. The city is cleared. The challenge, of course, is going to be for coalition and Iraqi forces to keep it that way. But we're making progress in Operation Phantom Thunder."

4.4.07
"So while we're making progress, it also is tough. And so the way to deal with it is to stay on the offense, is to help these Iraqis."

6.9.06
"And victory in Iraq is a country that can sustain itself, govern itself and defend itself. That's the definition of victory, and we're making progress toward that goal."

4.4.06
"And I'm convinced we're making progress there. But I do urge the folks on the ground to get that unity government in place, so that the Iraqi people have confidence in their future."

3.22.06
"And we're making progress when it comes to training the troops. More and more Iraqis are taking the fight."

3.21.06
"We're making progress because of -- we've got a strategy for victory, and we're making progress because the men and women of the United States military are showing magnificent courage and they're making important sacrifices that have brought Iraq to an historic moment -- the opportunity to build a democracy that reflects its country's diversity, that serves its people, and is an active partner in the fight against the terrorists."

1.10.06
"The training of the Iraqi police is an enormous task and, frankly, it hasn't always gone smoothly. Yet we're making progress -- and our soldiers see the transformation up close."
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