Apparently, the DoD isn’t the only one coming up with upbeat reports on Iraq. According to a report by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad obtained by the Washington Post, “Iraq has met all but three of 18 original benchmarks set by Congress last year to measure security, political and economic progress”:
The embassy judged that the only remaining shortfalls were the Baghdad government’s failure to enact and implement laws governing the oil industry and the disarmament of militia and insurgent groups, and continuing problems with the professionalism of the Iraqi police. All other goals — including preparations for upcoming elections, reform of de-Baathification and disarmament laws, progress on enacting and spending Iraq’s budget, and the capabilities of the Iraqi army — were rated ‘satisfactory.’
Who is right here?