August 20, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says a new Iraq progress assessment sent to Congress by the White House shows what he calls President Bush's "flawed escalation policy" is not working.
Reid says the policy does not justify keeping 130,000 soldiers "mired in an open-ended civil war."
The new assessment showed that the Iraqi government was making
satisfactory progress toward meeting nine of 18 political and military goals. That's only one more satisfactory grade than in a July report.
Today's follow-up report concluded Iraqis have done enough to move only one benchmark allowing former members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party to hold government positions from the unsatisfactory column.
The White House says there was not enough time between the previous report and today's to achieve more gains.
The Senate is expected to resume debate on anti-war legislation next week.
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