Aug 15 2007
03:56 pm

Administration officials are already begging for more time and patience in advance of the non-progress report on political reconciliation in Iraq due in September.

And when that report arrives, keep this firmly in mind:

Administration and military officials acknowledge that the September report will not show any significant progress on the political benchmarks laid out by Congress. How to deal in the report with the lack of national reconciliation between Iraq's warring sects has created some tension within the White House.

Despite Bush's repeated statements that the report will reflect evaluations by Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, administration officials said it would actually be written by the White House, with inputs from officials throughout the government.

And though Petraeus and Crocker will present their recommendations on Capitol Hill, legislation passed by Congress leaves it to the president to decide how to interpret the report's data.

In other words, no matter what the generals on the ground have to say, we can all expect no change in course on Iraq in September.

Terry Troll's picture

No gamble here.

I have gone to the closet, pulled out my crystal ball and am ready to predict the Democratic Congress will do nothing with the help of a couple of Republicans. Oh, there will be wailing and breast beating and gnashing of teeth; maybe even a couple of rent garments ...but nothing done.

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