October 15, 2006

CBS-Baker-Hamilton.jpg A leaked draft of the Iraq Study Groups likely recommendations -- that won't be released until after the election to avoid coming off as a "political document" -- rules out the prospect of American victory in Iraq. A clip of Gen. Sir Richard Dannatt is included in the video.

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From the NYSun:

WASHINGTON — A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials. read more..

I can just see it now: the ISG releases it's report after the election that says Iraq is a complete disaster, American troop presence is fueling the problem and that the best policy adjustment is a "managed withdrawal" to put pressure on the Iraqi government to step up while at the same time getting American troops out of the way. In other words, what the Democrats have been saying for over a year now. Then Bush will be seen as the serious and open-to-suggestions leader who abides by the advice of the glorious bi-partisan committee. As Digby and John noted a few weeks ago with the Military Commissions Act, this is most likely just another kabuki dance.

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