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As the Bush Administration prepares to report to Congress on the progress of the war effort, they are scrambling to put a silver lining on the increasingly dark cloud that is the Iraqi government's inability to function.

New reports describe an administration engaged in some creative writing for an interim report on Iraq expected this month and a full report due in September.

Instead of focusing on benchmarks, the Administration is planning to focus on efforts by the Sunni community to reject al Qaeda. It seems that administration cynically believes that as long as the report describes success against al Qaeda, they'll be supported.

The trouble is, Bush announced benchmarks in January and Congress made some of those benchmarks, and others, into law as part of the last spending bill. I think the Bush Administration is going to have a hard time weaseling out of it this time. Not with more and more republicans breaking ranks with Bush over the war.

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