Remember when the “benchmarks” for Iraq were all the rage in Congress? They were constantly being cited last year by opponents of the war effort when Iraq was failing to meet them. Funny how, now that Iraq has met 15 of 18 benchmarks, we don’t hear loud huzzahs from Democrats. In fact we don’t hear anything about the benchmarks, period. Yet another sign of the shifting goalposts when it comes to Iraq: Some critics are so committed to a narrative of American defeat that they seem unable to acknowledge our success.