Defining “progress” in Iraq

The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel

05/18/07

Three months into the job, General David Petraeus says it is difficult to predict, before the full number of troops arrive, if the surge in Baghdad will succeed. And he now says he will not have a definitive answer about prospects for progress by September, when he is to report back to Congress. But how to define ‘progress’ in Iraq? (And why should the US have the right to decide what progress in Iraq means? Shouldn’t we, instead, be given the task of measuring the destruction we have caused and held to account for repairing the human and physical damage we have helped inflict?) But if one does engage in this defining-progress project, here are some early measurements to consider...

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