- The Iraq Study Group Report
The sad thing is: Other than throwing Israel overboard, asking the Administration to bow down before the Axis of Evil, and suggesting amnesty for the death squads, Baker-Hamilton doesn't recommend much beyond Bush & Rumsfeld's "stay the course" plan.
Baker says that the report calls for a "five-fold increase in the U.S. combat forces dedicated to the training and equipping mission." The report is silent about the question of where the trainers will be found. From combat units? Don’t we need those for force protection? The army is already short 100,000 soldiers. Then there is the issue of time. It will take months to train the trainers. Weren't we told a month ago, that we only have four to six months before the security situation is totally out of hand? This is how Speigel reported the situation yesterday.
In the US on Wednesday, all eyes were on the members of the Iraq Study Group. And in Iraq? Ten more soldiers died, at least 50 Iraqis lost their lives, power came on for only an hour in Baghdad and another 2,000 refugees left. Just an average day as the country disintegrates.
Must have consensus, you know? Thank you, Baker-Hamilton, and thank you, Pelosi-Reid and Company. By the way, where have you been for the last three years when the country really needed consensus?