Shiny New Goalposts

Ackerman reads through the new AfPak metrics (acquired by The Cable):

Most of these look unfamiliar to the benchmarks established for Iraq in 2007, which included such granular measurements as electricity kilowatt-hours and sectarian-caused deaths and so forth. That’s what happens when Congress lets the administration write its own benchmarks instead of writing them for it.

DiA yawns:

These are all fine metrics. But they also seem like completely obvious metrics. This is what we waited all this time for? These are the brilliant output-oriented metrics that are going to tell us whether we're winning the war in Afghanistan? Explain to me why I should be impressed.