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Iraqi Progress and the American Public

A forthcoming Government Accountability Office report showing that the Iraqi government has made little progress on 18 military and political objectives set forth by Congress could prompt calls for the U.S. to temper its support for the fledgling democracy.

According to the July Washington Post-ABC News poll, 67 percent would support reducing "U.S. military and financial support from the Iraqi government if the Iraqis fail to make progress toward national unity and restoring civil order."

Of course, whether or not the Iraqi government is making progress remains an open question. The White House's report on the topic issued last month included a mixed, but more positive, assessment and next month's report from Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker is also expected to be more upbeat.

Scaling down U.S. backing for a government which fails to make progress is one of few Iraq-related policies on which Republicans and Democrats agree. Two-thirds in each party support such a roll-back, as do 71 percent of independents.

The July result represented no change since Post-ABC polling in February, but is a slight drop in support since December, when 74 percent favored pulling back support based on the Iraqi government's progress.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  August 30, 2007; 2:05 PM ET
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I understand that people want to stop giving their hard earned money to a country and cause that is not going anywhere fast. The longer it takes for the I raqi government to get settled down, the longer U.S. citizens are obligated to support our armed forces, waiting for Iraqies to make progress.

BIG 11

Posted by: BIG 11 | August 31, 2007 2:46 AM | Report abuse

1) on the Washington Post,Aug,30,07:"Army to probe $3 billion of contracts in Iraq" about Halliburton-KBR,etc.,....2)last week the GAO with the lost 200.000 machine guns and pistols that now are showing up in crimes in Turkey....3) this year 9.000 tons of opium out of Afghanistan and while the USA has spend 600 million dollars on it, the common denominator are the Contractors and the political neocon appointees in DC: from Wolfowitz and Zakheim to Edelman-Whitman and the Fleischer-Bolten-Berman-Wurmser ,etc. team in the inner circle, these neocon lobby operators in charge are at the center, that's why they want to put Chertoff in Justice and "9/11 Wall" Gorelick in H.S. , to stop all the Investigations and distract all, and Sen.Schumer , R.Emanuel,R.Lantos
,S.Lieberman ,Mayor Bloomberg and S.Specter providing the fireworks ,noise and "glitter" to keep the Fox TV viewers well fed and excited about other scandals, a perfect crime !

with 100 factions in Iraq,the USA should back-off to the perimeter and watch the action, keeping an eye on iranians and syrians, learning who is who and how and where to whom and by whom, instead of this massive Contractors-feed operation that is not solving anything,just lots of noises and violence, just wasting lives and taxes....we also never hear the Iraqis talk to us, we don't talk to them directly, there are no real meetings among iraqis or with neighbors, it's a total disconnect, perfect to keep the violence up and the need for more contracts going, the perfect crime !.... and they will blame only Bush,Cheney ,Rice ,Rumsfeld and Gonzales,the gentiles,because they will never mention all the above neocon operatives,the ones who pushed for this war every day on the TV Networks in 2002 and 2003, they never get mention anymore, isn't wonderful?

Posted by: blogger | August 31, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

In case it isn't clear as yet, Iraq is merely stage one of a much more ambitious plan to dominate the middle-east. Iran is next and Kuwait will follow (as insurgents work their way south).

In my view, the only way to stop this here and now is for the Democrats to nominate the only candidate with a realistic chance of winning in 2008: Joe Biden.

Posted by: Steve Fallon | September 4, 2007 4:12 AM | Report abuse

"whether the Iraqi government is making progress is an open question" ??? Only a complete moron would write such a statement, or a "Bushie".

Posted by: mike d | September 13, 2007 5:49 AM | Report abuse

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