December 06, 2006
Iraq Study Group Report Released
Today the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group published its report that proposes a new course for the U.S. administration in Iraq, all neatly listed in 79 recommendations.
A pdf of the report can be downloaded here.
Having watched the one-hour news conference and read all 160 pages I am too bleary-eyed to write any detailed comments. In short, the report is very well done and - particularly against the backdrop of the past 5 years of U.S. policy towards Iraq and the Middle East as a whole - a remarkable document that everyone should read.
Now I'm waiting for the reaction from the White House.
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little comment on Glenn Greenwald: I watched some of the interviews of the Wise Ones (ISG) on Nightline last night. Each of those I heard made the point that the visit to Iraq was a devastating eye-opener.
And am reminded by the French commanding officer who, upon visiting a section of the trenches at Somme, exclaimed: 'We sent our troops out to fight in that?'
Posted by: Klaus at December 7, 2006 10:26 PM
I've just finished about half of it, and my first impression is that it's asking the Bush Admin to stop playing checkers and start playing chess. I'm not sure they're up to it.
This report, btw, hit a nerve among the neocons: their New York mouthpiece, the Post, had a big fat headline on its front page: "Surrender Monkeys", with Baker on one side and Hamilton on the other. Which means they did something right.
Posted by: pantom at December 7, 2006 10:54 PM