“Strikingly Negative” Iraq Assessment… & Other AM Headlines

A new US Congress General Accounting Office report leaked to the media says most of the 18 goals set for the rebuilding of Iraq have not been met — contradicting Bush administration claims of progress.

New congressional report says most Iraq goals not met – EarthTimes

Iraq Leader Calls for Stand-Down: Radical Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr says he will suspend his Mahdi Army militia’s operations — including attacks on US troops — for six months.

US welcomes Mahdi army freeze – Al-Jazeera

Hell no, Musharraf Won’t Go: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has rejected “any pressure or ultimatum” to step down as army chief in a power-sharing deal with exiled former PM Benazir Bhutto.

Pakistan’s Musharraf Rejects Pressure to Quit Army Post in Bhutto Deal – VOA News

GOPs and Gays Concur on Craig: Presidential candidate John McCain is among a growing number of Republican US senators calling for Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) to resign, following his guilty plea in connection with his alleged sexual solicitation of a plainclothes police officer in a Minnesota airport rest room. The call is being echoed by the right-wing gay group Log Cabin Republicans (though not by openly gay Rep. Barney Frank [D-MA]), Christian groups, and even some Idahoans.

Craig Faces Growing Republican Pressure to Resign – Bloomberg

Craig to Step Down from Committee Assignments – CNSNews.com

Raucous Riots in Chile: Chilean police used tear gas and water cannons to punish workers angry about low pay and poor working conditions when the nation’s economy is booming.

400 arrested in Chile workers’ anti-government march – LA Times

Craig Faces Growing Republican Pressure to Resign – Bloomberg

VA Tech Gets Failing Grade: A Virginia Tech review panel’s newly released report blames slow action by school officials in their handling of of the bloodiest campus massacre in US history.