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Posted at 04:25 PM on Friday, July 13, 2007 by post8192WASHINGTON, July 13, 2007--In response to yesterday’s House of Representatives vote to bring the majority of the troops home from Iraq by April 1, the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is urging Congress to be patient as the ongoing strategy of military, diplomatic and economic initiatives continues to unfold in Iraq.
“The September assessment report by Army Gen. David Patraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker is the key, not yesterday’s interim report card,” said VFW Commander-in-Chief Gary Kurpius, a Vietnam veteran from Anchorage, Alaska
The House vote was prompted by yesterday morning’s White House release of an Initial Benchmark Assessment Report that indicated that only eight of 18 security, political and economic benchmarks were being met. Congress had added the 18 benchmarks to the 2007 emergency war funding package as a condition of passage.