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washingtonpost.com — In a reprise of their testimony last September, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker plan to tell Congress today and tomorrow that security has improved in Iraq and that the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has taken steps toward political reconciliation and economic stability.

But unlike in September, when that news was fresh and the administration said a corner had been turned, even some of the war's strongest supporters in Congress have grown impatient and frustrated. Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, and Crocker will face many lawmakers who had expected more by now and who are wondering whether any real change will occur before the clock runs out on the Bush administration.

"I think all of us realize we're disappointed at where we are," Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said at a hearing last week. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) asked, "How do we get out of this mess?" While the cost in U.S. lives and money increases, said another senior GOP senator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity: "We cannot . . . just say we're coasting through and waiting for the next president."

Among the questions these and other lawmakers said they plan to ask Petraeus and Crocker is why the United States is still paying for Iraqi domestic needs ranging from military training to garbage pickup when the Maliki government has $30 billion in reserves - held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland - as well as $10 billion in a development fund, significant budgetary surpluses from previous years and a projected 7 percent economic growth rate for 2008.

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General Petraeus' testimony before Congress is expected to halt troop cuts in July, what is your assessment of the Iraq war?
Give it more time
4.9%
It's improving, but not fast enough
4.9%
It's a no-win situation for America
90%
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Posted 2421 days ago
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Do to troop rotations, short falls in equipment replacements, etc., that involves the entire military, has any one within congress considered bring back the draft for a short period of time to help off-set this problem????? Probably not their too busy pointing fingers at the Bush Administration for all the problems - and "Yes" he is just as responsibly as the rest.
Posted 2414 days ago
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Charles, you must be joking!
If the draft were brought back, this idiot government would send both my daughters over there! They already used my son up! They CAN'T HAVE MY DAUGHTERS!
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