Yesterday, the Iraq Study Group report came to fruition and was formally presented to President Bush and congress, who set up this abomination in the first place. All I can say is what a big yawn.
This is what we waited for? To suck up to Iran and Syria with nothing in our hip pocket? To seriously consider the Palestinians "right of return", which will wipe out the State of Israel?
Firstly, let me be blunt. I don't trust anything James Baker is involved in. Ever since he was in charge of prepping then President Ronald Reagan in the first debate with Democrat Walter Mondale in 1984, which was a disaster, there has been less to trust. And, I will say it, he is an anti-Semite. The infamous line, "F--- the Jews, they didn't vote for us anyway." says it all.
Then look at the rest of the panel, an average age of 67. Sixty-seven?! Where is someone who has been post cold war? Of course, for different reasons, one can not trust a panel that former congressman Lee Hamilton (D-Indiana).
The prescription that this "Study Group" is for retreat and defeat. That simple.
fortunately, President Bush is not saying "Gee, thanks I will do all 79 recommendations today!" No, Mr. Bush is saying he will wait until the more serious Pentagon report comes out. Also, the administration immediately dismissed direct talks with Iran and Syria.
At least when then President Reagan finally talked seriously with the Soviet Union, he was holding all the good cards in the deck. What do we have now to even seriously think about conversing with Iran and Syria? Nothing.
The bottom line, Mr. Bush should have said, "Thank you very much for all your hard work, considering when you were in Iraq, only one of you got out of the Green Zone. I will read and consider what you have recommended." Then, he should have thrown it in the trash can.