The, Baker Hamilton, Iraq Study Group Report



The operative edge of which seems to be ...
source: Execuitive Summary
If the Iraqi government demonstrates political will and makes substantial progress toward the achievement of milestones on national reconciliation, security, and governance, the United States should make clear its willingness to continue training, assistance, and support for Iraq

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Comments


Mark de LA says
Yep, the only thing that plays in the ME is thugs, suicide bombers, state control of everyone's religion & mind & "death to America" .... go get'em !


Seth says
M 2006-12-06 16:25:17 5257
Here is a clue as to the type of thinking in the panel.
Come on ... including Israel in the talks would just be a distraction.  In any case there is not going to be any talks lead by the US ... there may be talks lead by Maliki ... and i doubt that he will invite Israel.

Seth says
M 2006-12-06 22:50:20 5257
Here is another one!
One could have easily anticipated this kind of reaction ... another kind of reaction that could have been anticipated is Bush still talking in terms of "victory" this morning with Tony Blair.  He also threw another word into his definition of success ....
source: George Bush in press confrence with Tony Blair
And the objective, I repeat, is a government which can sustain, govern, and defend itself -- free government of Iraq that can do that -- and will be an ally in this movement -- against this movement that is threatening peace and stability
... so now the alternate solution mentioned above would no longer qualify as Bush's success.  Of course "free" does not play in the ME the same way it plays in this country. 

"Democracy" does not play the same way either.  One wonders what Bush would do if the colition mentioned in this item actually formed a government under the current constitution of Iraq ... within that process .... yet still dis-invited the US military from the country.  What would Bush do?  Would he continue to stand behind this fledgling democracy?

Seth says
Here is a good sampling of reaction to the Baker Hamilton Report from the world ... thanks Aljazeera.

What is so strange is how the West keeps defining the solution out of the equation.  The people of Iraq just want a stable non-violent society.  That strangely enough is easily obtainable.  But the West wants that, and they want the government to be their ally as well.  Well, errr, adding that extra requirment does not seem to be happening.

Mark de LA says
M 2006-12-07 11:31:25 5257
Yep, the only thing that plays in the ME is thugs, suicide bombers, state control of everyone's religion & mind & "death to America" .... go get'em !


Yep here is a sample of how they do things in the Middle East uri http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6162083.stm

Mark de LA says
Maybe Baker had other motives in his mind.

Seth says
Apparently the Sistani coalition has persuaded the Sadr faction to return to government participationHere is a March 2006 article about Sistani's influence in the government.  One wonders if the side we pick in the termoil does not make a peacful  solution in Iraq  very much harder to obtain.

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