Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Iraq Study Group Report

Executive Summary

Summary of 79 Recommendations

Full Report (pdf - 114 pp text plus appendixes).

As described by one wag, the ISG report is less a government study than an intervention. As reported in Forbes, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said as much:
"Let's use this as a tool to advise the president, as all these recommendations that are coming to him from the Pentagon, from the Congress and from this study group."
Says White House PR-flack Tony Snow of the ISG report, "There's nothing surprising in it."

Indeed. Former Secretary of State Jim Baker probably best summed up where we are and where we have to go:
As Baker noted this morning in unveiling the findings, "there is no magic formula" that will convert Iraq into a qualified success story. Managing failure, preventing things from becoming worse and gradually turning around a bleak situation in the Middle East are the immediate challenges facing the president and the Democrats in Congress.

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