Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This Explains It
Froomkin had a column the other day about benchmarks. In that column he correctly noted that Bush had said that the U.S. would be monitoring benchmarks in the Iraqi governments response to the "new" security plan and that we'd know pretty quickly if Maliki was doing his part or not. Froomkin also pointed out that the Iraqis are already missing benchmarks, i.e. the number of troops delivered to Baghdad.

But then I ran across this:
The WP writes that while senators were debating their position on Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice paid a surprise visit to Baghdad Saturday to shore up support for a new security plan for the city, which went into effect last week. Rice cautioned Iraqis that Americans are growing impatient with the lack of progress in securing the country, but reiterated that the Bush administration will not be imposing benchmarks for progress.
I'm so confused.

Is they or isn't they monitoring the Iraqi governments response and participation in the plan to pacify Baghdad?