WASHINGTON - The White House Wednesday presented lawmakers with eight tough yardsticks to measure success in Pakistan and Afghanistan amid growing concerns in Congress over the increasing US military presence, with some fearing it could shape up to be President Barack Obamas Vietnam. The three-page document, which focus heavily on Pakistan, provided to lawmakers was stamped draft and titled Evaluating Progress in Afghanistan-Pakistan. The document lays out broad goals, from disrupting terrorist networks to improving Pakistans counterinsurgency capabilities as also progress towards civilian government and judicial system becoming stable and free of military involvement; ensuring economic and financial stability, job creation, and growth; support for human rights, and development of an enduring and strategic partnership between the US and Pakistan. It also requires that the Pakistani public opinion of the governments performance be taken into account as also demonstrable action by the government against corruption, resulting in increased trust and confidence of the Pakistani public. White House officials said they werent sure if theyd use the metrics to help President Barack Obama decide whether to send more American troops to Afghanistan, a senior administration official was cited in media reports as telling reporters Wednesday. Instead, the administration official, who spoke with reporters on the condition of anonymity, said the White House devised the metrics to hold itself accountable. A senior defence official, however, said the metrics also are designed to help guide the White House as it begins what could be weeks of deliberations about the way ahead in Afghanistan and Pakistan, six months after it first laid out its goals there. During a press conference Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Obama said that he refused to be rushed on whether to send more troops, despite declining political and public support, mounting US casualties, evidence that US-backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai rigged his re-election last month, pervasive official corruption and a resurgent Taliban. If Karzai claims another term as president, as appears likely, and the outcome is considered illegitimate, it could further undercut domestic public and political support for the Afghan war and leave the White House hitched to an unpopular leader in Kabul. Obama said Wednesday that he wants absolute clarity about what the strategy is going to be. Its not clear, however, that the metrics presented Wednesday will provide that clarity. Some metrics could be measured using statistics such as polls or economic variables, but about half of them are subjective, and each metric has between four and 14 sub-metrics. Two that are classified werent released. One metric, for example, calls for the US and its allies to defeat extremist insurgencies, secure the Afghan populace, and develop increasingly self-reliant Afghan security forces that can lead the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism fight with reduced US assistance. The 14 sub-metrics for that goal include: measure the level of corruption within the Afghan security forces; public perceptions of the security forces; the capability and size of the Afghan police and army; and percent of the population living under insurgent-controlled or government-controlled communities. Others yardsticks include: economic and political development in Afghanistan and Pakistan and improved security forces in both nations. The senior administration official stressed that the United States isnt engaged in nation building in Afghanistan, even though one of the sub-metrics calls for measuring public perception of Afghanistans justice sector and commitment to providing the rule of law at the national, provincial, and local levels. If the Afghans and Pakistanis achieve the goals with US support, the United States will meet its goal of disrupting, dismantling and defeating al-Qaeda, the official said. The metrics are the strategy, he said. The White House said it would review the metrics quarterly and present its findings to Congress by March, as Congress requested. It will determine success on a scale, White House officials said. In addition, it will appoint a team of experts to review progress in Afghanistan using the White House metrics so theres an independent analysis. Congress demanded the benchmarks from the White House by Sept 24 as concern grows that the US may be committing itself to an escalating war with little prospect of success. Admiral Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday that the United States probably will send more troops to Afghanistan in addition to the additional 17,700 troops and 4,000 trainers that Obama ordered this spring. There currently are 64,000 troops in Afghanistan. McChrystals formal request for troops is expected later this month, Mullen said. AFP adds: The Obama administration, working on the basis of assessments by interagency teams, US personnel abroad, US intelligence agencies and outside sources will present a report every three months to the president, Congress and the public. Here we have an administration that is designing metrics, that is embracing the idea of accountability, a senior Obama administration official said on condition of anonymity. We have taken this seriously, there is a process in place and we are going to see where it leads us, the official said. The metrics were presented amid rising pressure from Obamas allies in Congress to prove that the Afghan mission can be successful, despite worsening security and rising combat deaths among foreign troops. The process will take place alongside military assessments contained in General Stanley McChrystals strategic review of the war, and a possible follow-on request for more combat troops. In Pakistan, objectives including measuring efforts to enhance stable civilian government, the fight against insurgents and the work of the international community to stabilize the country. One section of the assessment which evaluates progress against terror networks in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be classified and not made public. Another benchmark under the same objective cites the Afghan governments ability to hold credible elections in 2009 and 2010. Recent presidential elections in Afghanistan were plagued by claims of massive fraud, with European Union observers branding 1.5 million votes from the election as suspicious. Well, guess what - that one is not going to get a glowing rating, said the official. Each objective under the benchmarks will be the responsibility of an official or team of officials in Washington from the State Department, Defence Department and the intelligence community. A parallel assessment team will be set up to ensure that the administration teams are not painting an overly rosy picture of progress, and tasked with developing a separate report, the official said. The so-called red team will be drawn up by the Director of National Intelligence. The official explained the rationale behind the system. There is a chance here that we are going to be kidding ourselves because after all this a high priority for the Obama administration.