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Iraq Study Group to Announce Its Recommendations on Wednesday

Democrat Lee Hamilton says they've reached a consensus. An anonymous source says that there were many "intense debates" and that they came to many "compromises" in order to get everyone's buy in. Which means that their recommendations are going to be useless. But we knew that already.

Here's the Reuters story:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The independent, bipartisan panel studying U.S. policy in Iraq has reached a consensus agreement and will release its conclusions on December 6 in a report that could help guide U.S. President George W. Bush's conduct of the war.


"We reached a consensus," Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton told the liberal Center for American Progress. He refused to provide details, saying the results were sensitive and would be revealed at a news conference next Wednesday.

Recommendations from a united Iraq Study Group, which is also co-chaired by former Secretary of States James Baker -- a close Bush family friend -- will be much harder for Bush to resist than if the group were divided, experts and study group advisers say. Bush is under growing political pressure to change policy in Iraq.

In what is believed to presage the panel's recommendations for a more aggressive diplomacy that should include dialogue with Iran and Syria, Hamilton made a strong case for America talking with its adversaries. "I don't see how you solve problems" without talking, he said.

Hamilton, a former Indiana congressman and Democrat who also co-chaired the 9/11 commission, said he did not think dialogue would quickly solve tensions with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, "terrorism" and other concerns. But he stressed, "We must be sensitive to the agendas of other nations."

Syria's and Iran's agendas are to destroy Israel. We're supposed to be sensitive to that?

Update: Surprise, surprise. The New York Times already is publishing some of the recommendations.

The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal, according to people familiar with the panel's deliberations.


The report, unanimously approved by the 10-member panel, led by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, is to be delivered to President Bush next week. It is a compromise between distinct paths that the group has debated since March, avoiding a specific timetable, which has been opposed by Mr. Bush, but making it clear that the American troop commitment should not be open-ended. The recommendations of the group, formed at the request of members of Congress, are nonbinding.


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Comments (10)

And I await the donkeys to ... (Below threshold)

And I await the donkeys to tell us how they'll do things better...or how better their "plan" is.

Why Bush would listen to Baker or Scowcroft is beyond me and if he does, he may as well leave right now.

Oh boy, foreign policy by c... (Below threshold)
epador:

Oh boy, foreign policy by committee. I bet Dogbert would love that.

Whatever comes out of the I... (Below threshold)

Whatever comes out of the ISG won't be good. It'll be putting lipstick on a pig.

Any idea put forward that has us talking to Iran (source of many of the IEDs that have killed so many GIs) or Syria is a non-starter, and to me, a tacit admission of abject failure.

SO- it has come to this: an American President so bereft of ideas that he is farming out foreign policy to a high profile focus group. This isn't what I voted for in '00 and '04.

I know hindsight is 20/20. We took Iraq, found out there were no WMD, and captured Saddam. Oh, if we had only come home then...

We need to go in HARDER in ... (Below threshold)

We need to go in HARDER in Iraq. We need to cut the troops some slack so they can get the job done. If that means shooting through some kids to get to their daddy who's a militant trying to kill our boys, well hell, that is what has to be done. ( Besides the kid is probably taking part in attacks too ). We need to do it right. Maybe another 200k troops in there to get the job done. Failure is not an option, as the President says.

And yet again that faggot NY Times is laying our national security at risk by publishing harmful information for our enemies to use.

-STEVE NILES

I have a fabulous idea that... (Below threshold)
Hugh:

I have a fabulous idea that just might be a solution to the problem.
Steve and his like-minded companions can make some battle flags with the words death to "faggots and the NYT" emblazoned on them and lead the charge right into the "kids". That way they can sacrifice themselves for the soldiers who can then get at the real trouble makers. The world will undoubtedly be a better place and Steve and his battalion will have served their country in a manner befitting them.

Leading by committee has al... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Leading by committee has always been a recipe for certain disaster.

A few observations that see... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

A few observations that seem relevant:

"A committee is a group of people who individually can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done."
- Fred Allen

"If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes."
- H. Ross Perot

"A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee."
- Unknown

Rome did not create a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all those who opposed them.

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled."
- Barnett Cocks

Leading by committ... (Below threshold)
Heralder:
Leading by committee has always been a recipe for certain disaster.

Witness the UN.

Why Bush would listen to... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

Why Bush would listen to Baker or Scowcroft is beyond me and if he does, he may as well leave right now.

Hmm. Why, pray tell, would Bush - a man who spent the bulk of his life drunk and stupid, admittedly a non-reader, and bereft of any foreign policy experience before coming to office - listen to two men who have spent the bulk of their careers managing foreign policy as responsible, intelligent, educated adults?

Gee, I'm too stupid to figure out the logic in that equation.

Hey Steve. With that logic, you would probably trust Bush beyond any responsible, seasoned member of our government - despite that fact that he's proven himself to be an inept loser. I can also assume that if Bush bent you over and gave you his business, you'd thank him, offer him the KY and ask for more.

Moron.

We need to go in HARDER ... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

We need to go in HARDER in Iraq. We need to cut the troops some slack so they can get the job done. We need to do it right. Maybe another 200k troops in there to get the job done. Failure is not an option, as the President says.

If failure was not an option, wouldn't you think they'd have bulked up troops a long time ago? "Failure is not an option" is just a nifty slogan thrown out there so gullible idiots like you can blurt them out like talking monkeys.

If that means shooting through some kids to get to their daddy who's a militant trying to kill our boys, well hell, that is what has to be done. ( Besides the kid is probably taking part in attacks too ).

This is the kind of macho chest-pumping statement typical of cowards like yourself who know nothing of the complexities of foreign affairs and want to impress women (or men) with their oh-so-cool detachment from real bloodshed and lost lives. It's never a solution - only in the minds of people who live in a fantasy world.

The reality, if you really want to know, is that Iraq is in a civil war (despite what the reality-challenged idiot in the white house says) and no amount of U.S. military can resolve that. All we can do is try to contain the violence and enlist the help of this country's neighbors (which, until this bumbler got into office, was one of the standard policy's we've followed, including his dad.) You talk to your enemies as well as your friends in an adult world because it's the only way to truly have any control of a situation (if you shun your enemies, you are completely in the dark as to what they are up to).

But, then again, to those who follow this President blindly off a cliff, his every move seems to be a Godsend to you. You don't even realize he's a stupid man who's using childlike logic to force-solve problems that require finesse and complex solutions. Every other President in office knew this and, guess what, we were better off with all of them than we've been with this idiot.

Time for him to go. He's caused enough damage.

It's also time for dummies to realize the M.O. of this President (simple solutions to complex problems, big picture overviews without the detailed follow through) is anethma to our country. In my business, I've seen a few companies in the past few years employ this logic and bubble mentality and eventually shut down. It doesn't work. Never will. Good riddence.




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