Bush sets benchmarks, then dumps them and excuses delays until later, and then what?
Mr. Bush give it up. You screwed it all up, and the only way forward is to let the Iraqis get on with whatever they deem necessary.
WASHINGTON: The Bush administration is allowing the Iraqi government more time to achieve political goals that were described as key benchmarks of the new American strategy in Iraq, in an acknowledgment that movement toward reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites remains a long way off.
A "notional political timeline" that the administration provided to Congress in January called for the four most significant objectives to be met by this month, but in interviews this week, administration officials said it could be the end of the year at the earliest before all of them are fulfilled.