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Iraqi Study Group report released
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

From the report's introductory "Letter from the Co-Chairs"
In this consensus report, the ten members of the Iraq Study Group present a new approach because we believe there is a better way forward. All options have not been exhausted.We believe it is still possible to pursue different policies that can give Iraq an opportunity for a better future, combat terrorism, stabilize a critical region of the world, and protect America’s credibility, interests, and values. Our report makes it clear that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi people also must act to achieve a stable and hopeful future.

What we recommend in this report demands a tremendous amount of political will and cooperation by the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. It demands skillful implementation. It demands unity of effort by government agencies. And its success depends on the unity of the American people in a time of political polarization. Americans can and must enjoy the right of robust debate within a democracy. Yet U.S. foreign policy is doomed to failure—as is any course of action in Iraq—if it is not supported by a broad, sustained consensus. The aim of our report is to move our country toward such a consensus.
Shorter version: we can still be successful in Iraq, but not doing it the way we're doing it. However, we're actually going to have to put our political differences aside in this country and work together to have a chance at success. Oh, and the Iraqis have to step it up a few notches as well.

No real surprises there. And, unfortunately, not much hope that, at least on the domestic front, differences will be put aside in the interest of success in Iraq. More on all of this later when I've had a chance to read the complete report.

The report can be found here (pdf). Article about it here. Your homework assignment: see if the information contained in the story remotely matches what the report says.

Good roundup of blog reactions here.
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Your homework assignment: see if the information contained in the story remotely matches what the report says.
Yes, because with dismal choices facing us, this is the most productive use of ones time.
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And its success depends on the unity of the American people
Oh well, forget it then. Not as long as the president is a Republican...
Written By: shark
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It doesn’t matter what the report says: Enough media outlets decided what it says before it was even published (see magazine cover above), and they’re going to stick to that spin hard enough to distort the public perception of the report.

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