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Richardson accurately quoted the September Government Accountability Office report that concluded the Iraqi government had met only three of 18 goals set by Congress to assess President Bush's war strategy.
How many benchmarks the Iraqi government has actually met depends on whom you ask.
The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, determined three targets had been met and four were partially met. An analysis released by the White House shortly after the GAO report concluded nine of 18 goals had been met.
We'll skip the debate over how much progress has been made in Iraq. Richardson cites his source and gets it right; the GAO says three of 18 benchmarks have been met.
U.S. Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Committees, Securing, Stabilizing, and Rebuilding Iraq
White House, Benchmark Assessment Report
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