there are a couple of REAL benchmarks though. brookings for example is reporting some of them in their monthly reports. a single look at the oil production numbers or the electricity output shows, that there is ZERO progress in Iraq.
now Bush is trying to eliminate those few real benchmarks:
As the Bush administration struggles to convince lawmakers that its Iraq war strategy is working, it has stopped reporting to Congress a key quality-of-life indicator in Baghdad: how long the power stays on.power in baghdad? WORST ever!
Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week that Baghdad residents could count on only "an hour or two a day" of electricity. That's down from an average of five to six hours a day earlier this year.
TPM has some other "disappearing" information!