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Friday, January 26, 2007


Bush Agrees to Iraq Benchmarks


Pres. Bush has accepted a House Republican resolution, which may be offered as early as next week and calls for the creation of military, political and social "benchmarks" to monitor the success of an increase in U.S. troops and hold Bush and Iraqi government accountable.

The proposal also calls for creation of a bipartisan congressional panel to monitor implementation of the benchmarks.

Pres. Bush: "Most people understand the consequences of failure. If failure is not an option, then it's up to the president to come up with a plan that is more likely to succeed."

The Reuters story doesn't explain why, but Speaker Pelosi opposes the resolution. The only reason I can think of is that the plan doesn't go far enough for Democratic lawmakers -- and that shows the Dems' cojones, it seems.

This is good news.

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