Frankly, I take issue with Mr. Doggett’s propensity to lay so much blame on the current Iraqi government. Remember that it was the United States military, with tacit Congressional approval and on the orders of George Bush, that illegally entered the sovereign nation of Iraq and has spent the past 5 years destroying it. There continues to be enormous arrogance on the part of all Americans respecting the role that this nation should be playing in the world.
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A couple of days ago, Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) succeeded in eliciting from an official of the GAO an admission that there has not in fact been much progress on the Bush benchmarks on Iraq.
‘Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Budget Committee held a hearing on Iraq’s Budget Surplus. While the US has a budget deficit of over $400 billion, the Government of Iraq has a budget surplus of $79 billion. During questioning by Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Joseph Christoff, Director, International Affairs and Trade, for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, admitted that the Iraq troop surge has failed to achieve most of the benchmarks of success originally articulated by the Bush Administration in January 2007.’
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