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Emit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-03-07 12:27 PM
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58. Rep. David Obey (D-WI) sponsored the bill
I don't know who wrote it. Apparently, there are no co-sponsors.

I think the author is saying that the Dems are knowingly or unknowingly using the same benchmarks as previously set out by Bush & Co.

Here's the part from Bush's speech from January 10th that the author excerpts regarding "benchmarks":

A successful strategy for Iraq goes beyond military operations. Ordinary Iraqi citizens must see that military operations are accompanied by visible improvements in their neighborhoods and communities. So America will hold the Iraqi government to the benchmarks it has announced.

To establish its authority, the Iraqi government plans to take responsibility for security in all of Iraq's provinces by November. To give every Iraqi citizen a stake in the country's economy, Iraq will pass legislation to share oil revenues among all Iraqis. To show that it is committed to delivering a better life, the Iraqi government will spend $10 billion of its own money on reconstruction and infrastructure projects that will create new jobs. To empower local leaders, Iraqis plan to hold provincial elections later this year. And to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation's political life, the government will reform de-Baathification laws, and establish a fair process for considering amendments to Iraq's constitution.

Bush has been referring to benchmarks for some time now. See for example:

And, here's the bill text regarding that subject:

(c) Benchmarks for the Government of Iraq-

(1) SENSE OF CONGRESS- It is the sense of Congress that--

(A) achieving success in Iraq is dependent on the Government of Iraq meeting specific benchmarks, as reflected in previous commitments made by the Government of Iraq, including--

(i) deploying trained and ready Iraqi security forces in Baghdad;

(ii) strengthening the authority of Iraqi commanders to make tactical and operational decisions without political intervention;

(iii) disarming militias and ensuring that Iraqi security forces are accountable only to the central government and loyal to the constitution of Iraq;

(iv) enacting and implementing legislation to ensure that the energy resources of Iraq benefit all Iraqi citizens in an equitable manner;

(v) enacting and implementing legislation that equitably reforms the de-Ba'athification process in Iraq;

(vi) ensuring a fair process for amending the constitution of Iraq so as to protect minority rights; and

(vii) enacting and implementing rules to equitably protect the rights of minority political parties in the Iraqi Parliament; and

(B) each benchmark set forth in subparagraph (A) should be completed expeditiously and pursuant to a schedule established by the Government of Iraq.

(2) REPORT- Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and every 60 days thereafter, the Commander, Multi-National Forces-Iraq and the United States Ambassador to Iraq shall jointly submit to Congress a report describing and assessing in detail the current progress being made by the Government of Iraq in meeting the benchmarks set forth in paragraph (1)(A).

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  -One of George Bush's "benchmarks" for Iraq to meet requires them to hand over their oil to Exxon MN Against Bush  Mar-30-07 06:24 PM   #0 
  - kicked and recommended HARD!  Donnachaidh   Mar-30-07 06:28 PM   #1 
  - Recommended #2  Benhurst   Mar-30-07 06:31 PM   #2 
  - K & R  kimmylavin   Mar-30-07 06:32 PM   #3 
  - The poison pill for the American commitment to non-stop war  whistle   Mar-30-07 06:37 PM   #4 
  - I would recommend this a hundred times, if I could...  Fridays Child   Mar-30-07 06:47 PM   #5 
  - k&r  CrazyOrangeCat   Mar-30-07 06:52 PM   #6 
  - This theft off assets is and always has been the reason for this war.  annabanana   Mar-30-07 06:56 PM   #7 
  - Not just Iraq's assets are being consumed by the Bush/Cheney/PNAC Cancer  glitch   Mar-31-07 04:29 PM   #44 
  - Absolutely.  ronnie624   Apr-01-07 01:13 PM   #52 
  - yeah, theft pure and simple  newspeak   Apr-01-07 01:55 PM   #54 
  - It's been "blood for oil" all along. n/t  mia   Mar-30-07 07:12 PM   #8 
  - Oil for Blood  dogday   Apr-01-07 11:31 AM   #51 
  - Holy shit, so the war really has been for oil the whole time!  EOO   Mar-30-07 07:17 PM   #9 
  - Iraqi Oil and the US Treasury.  Cobalt Violet   Mar-30-07 10:15 PM   #15 
     - and the banking indusry in this country and britian!! eom  flyarm   Mar-31-07 11:59 AM   #36 
  - Extremely important! And by the way, WHO PUT THIS IN THE BILL?  Nothing Without Hope   Mar-30-07 07:17 PM   #10 
  - lets all send this to our  BayCityProgressive   Mar-30-07 07:27 PM   #11 
  - and who the %$#* didn't read it.  hang a left   Mar-30-07 07:41 PM   #12 
     - You presume that they would want to know about it. Imagine how embarrassing it would  greyhound1966   Mar-31-07 06:53 AM   #23 
  - This is powerful ..  Maat   Mar-30-07 09:59 PM   #13 
  - We hand our Treasury over to Halliburton....  Cobalt Violet   Mar-30-07 10:12 PM   #14 
  - Absplutely unbearable. K & R. Hope many people see and share this. n/t  Judi Lynn   Mar-30-07 10:18 PM   #16 
  - Rest assured,  ronnie624   Apr-01-07 01:24 PM   #53 
  - And these GD fuckers call themselves...  rateyes   Mar-30-07 10:20 PM   #17 
  - Yes of course  Jcrowley   Mar-30-07 10:31 PM   #18 
  - so either the dems still aren't reading the legislation or they condone it  bbgrunt   Mar-30-07 10:40 PM   #19 
  - And this surprises anyone?  eggplant   Mar-30-07 11:33 PM   #20 
  - I think you may have a point. I now also see why the Saudi's are  jwirr   Mar-31-07 10:59 AM   #30 
  - K&R plus a cross-post of a related thread for serious researchers  bobthedrummer   Mar-30-07 11:35 PM   #21 
  - Good God, It's ALL coming out! They were so arrogant, so open, so shameless...  tom_paine   Mar-31-07 06:33 AM   #22 
  - We joked about him buying a haven in Paraquay. It was not joke.  jwirr   Mar-31-07 11:05 AM   #31 
  - K&R nt  marekjed   Mar-31-07 07:20 AM   #24 
  - Of course! This is the ONLY thing that matters....  truth2power   Mar-31-07 09:06 AM   #25 
  - I am sorry to point to the sad fact that, these criminals also Want...  Amonester   Mar-31-07 12:34 PM   #37 
  - If not for 911, they might never have gotten away with it  treestar   Mar-31-07 09:11 AM   #26 
  - 9/11. False- flag operation. Start to finish. Guess I'm not  truth2power   Apr-01-07 11:30 AM   #50 
  - So I am curious about this................  Bitwit1234   Mar-31-07 10:33 AM   #27 
  - Rep. David Obey (D-WI) sponsored the bill  Emit   Apr-03-07 12:27 PM   #58 
  - The author and all you guys are so naive. This is exactly what Congress wants out of Iraq.  Leopolds Ghost   Mar-31-07 10:47 AM   #28 
  - The only on-going interests this country should have are inside this  jwirr   Mar-31-07 11:12 AM   #32 
  - Oil is king to these people, to the prez & to Congress  downstairsparts   Mar-31-07 11:44 AM   #34 
  - 1958 US Ntl Security Council Planning Board  Emit   Apr-03-07 01:18 PM   #60 
  - Mission Accomplished?  jwirr   Mar-31-07 10:48 AM   #29 
  - Some of you are reacting as if this is an  Texas Explorer   Mar-31-07 11:41 AM   #33 
  - please all young people go and rent OLIVER STONES "JFK"  flyarm   Mar-31-07 11:58 AM   #35 
  - That was a great film...  MN Against Bush   Mar-31-07 01:14 PM   #38 
     - i think it is a great educational we the people must hold our government to account!  flyarm   Mar-31-07 02:19 PM   #40 
  - So according to this Bush will agree to the troop pullout.  Kablooie   Mar-31-07 01:44 PM   #39 
  - A while back I remember hearing Iraq was in negotiations with France  Winebrat   Mar-31-07 02:33 PM   #41 
  - That's why we're building a six hundred  Justice Is Comin   Mar-31-07 04:14 PM   #42 
  - isn't this criminal?  barbtries   Mar-31-07 04:26 PM   #43 
  - Iraq oil grab is a done deal  LibertyorDeath   Mar-31-07 04:42 PM   #45 
  - The rape of Iraq's oil  LibertyorDeath   Mar-31-07 04:45 PM   #46 
  - can't rec after 24 hrs...  dweller   Mar-31-07 07:34 PM   #47 
  - FWIW, Elizabeth CHENEY was an assistant in the State Dept  bobthedrummer   Apr-01-07 11:03 AM   #48 
  - and what will the American people gain?  newspeak   Apr-01-07 02:08 PM   #55 
  - K&R and bookmarked. ....n/t  WiseButAngrySara   Apr-01-07 11:24 AM   #49 
  - Blood for more, no less. n/t  AzDar   Apr-01-07 02:29 PM   #56 
  - When anointing with oil-it wasn't meant to be light sweet crude eom  bobthedrummer   Apr-03-07 10:56 AM   #57 
  - kick  Swamp Rat   Apr-03-07 12:38 PM   #59 
  - He is nothing but a low life thief  MayorCandidate08   Apr-03-07 01:22 PM   #61 

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