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Members Of Congress To Be Briefed On Iraq

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - It's crunchtime for Congress and the Bush
administration over Iraq.

Lawmakers are to get a classified briefing today on the findings
of the Government Accountability Office. The Associated Press has
learned that congressional auditors conclude that Iraq's government
has failed to meet most of the political and military goals
stipulated by Congress when it signed off on President Bush's troop
buildup last January.

By law, the administration is to deliver its highly-anticipated
report to congress in two weeks. The GAO report says the
administration will play down the benchmarks, arguing it's unfair
to use "all-or-nothing" standards.

The congressional report will say 13 of 18 goals have not been
met, including a fair distribution of oil profits.

President Bush will be getting his own briefings on Iraq in
coming days from top generals and the U.S. ambassador. A Pentagon
spokesman says if there are differences, the president will hear
them.


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