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Hawks Bolster Skeptical President
Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2006 | Michael Abramowitz and Glenn Kessler

Posted on 12/09/2006 9:01:36 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

Steady condemnation from conservatives for the Iraq Study Group report may be providing some cover to the Bush administration as it completes its own review of strategy in Iraq, apparently with little enthusiasm for the panel's prescription of U.S. troop withdrawal and dialogue with Syria and Iran.

The criticism of the panel, co-chaired by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former representative Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), has burst forth from the leading institutions of the right: the National Review, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Weekly Standard; conservative talk radio; and scholars at some of Washington's top think tanks.

President Bush has spoken favorably of the panel's work as an opportunity to bring the country together, but he has been noncommittal on its key recommendations. Comments from the hawkish right, meanwhile, have often been an accurate gauge of the beliefs of key figures inside the Bush administration, especially Vice President Cheney.

Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers have embraced the panel's report, but the almost uniformly negative reaction from some of Bush's strongest conservative supporters means the president may have some political flexibility to depart from the group's major recommendations, according to some GOP operatives.

Notably fueling the skepticism has been Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has raised pointed questions about the Baker-Hamilton panel's unwillingness to prescribe more troops, as McCain has urged, and its embrace of a regional conference with Syria and Iran.

"It's sort of hard to suddenly say everyone agrees Baker is the way to go when the leading Republican candidate for '08 is saying no," said William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard.

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1 posted on 12/09/2006 9:01:37 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative
President Bush has spoken favorably of the panel's work as an opportunity to bring the country together, but he has been noncommittal on its key recommendations.

Pro forma thanks, heartfelt FOAD.

2 posted on 12/09/2006 9:04:39 PM PST by dighton
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To: West Coast Conservative
Steady condemnation from conservatives for the Iraq Study Group report may be providing some cover to the Bush administration as it completes its own review of strategy in Iraq, apparently with little enthusiasm for the panel's prescription of U.S. troop withdrawal and dialogue with Syria and Iran.

Translation of the spin: stick a fork in the ISG's report, it's dead, Jim.

For varying reasons, no one agrees with it .... but, mean old conservatives are the scape goat.

3 posted on 12/09/2006 9:11:26 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: West Coast Conservative

Well, duh, appeasement doesnt work. Remember the Sudetenland?


4 posted on 12/09/2006 9:11:45 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: West Coast Conservative
The United States should NOT cut and run. If that happens, the soft underbelly of Europe will feel the Islamofascist scourge.

And many Republican conservatives will laugh, pass their ammunition, and wait for the towel heads to rise here.

Either way, we are going to have to get it on with them.

The SOONER the Better.

5 posted on 12/09/2006 9:14:02 PM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: West Coast Conservative
apparently with little enthusiasm for the panel's prescription of U.S. troop withdrawal and dialogue with Syria and Iran.

Anyone with half a brain would have 'little enthusiasm' for these two things - at least at this point.

6 posted on 12/09/2006 9:15:54 PM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: West Coast Conservative
The Drive Bys are discovering the election hasn't diminished the impact of conservatives. WE ARE STILL RELEVANT! Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

7 posted on 12/09/2006 9:36:44 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
Can anyone name a single serious conservative on this panel???? "Bi-partisan", my ^%@@.

It's a panel of old go along, get-a-longers whose carrers are notable for their lack of imagination or vision.

8 posted on 12/09/2006 10:08:55 PM PST by cookcounty (So is it "Dimmy Carter" or "Dhimmi Carter?")
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To: cookcounty
RINOs and Democrats. That's what the Drive By Media hails as "bipartisan consensus." That's exactly why the Iraq Surrender Group's report has fallen upon Washington with a dull thud.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

9 posted on 12/09/2006 10:18:15 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: West Coast Conservative
That cartoon in the New York Post, pretty much summed it up: Baker has become French and jumped into bed with Jacques Chirac.
He is now a full fledged member of the surrender monkey brigade.
10 posted on 12/09/2006 10:35:12 PM PST by ShawTaylor
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To: cookcounty

bipartisan = bifartisan


11 posted on 12/09/2006 10:55:09 PM PST by karnage
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To: West Coast Conservative
Eliot A. Cohen, a Johns Hopkins University professor of military strategy, said the Baker-Hamilton recommendations reflect "preoccupations that go back to when [Baker] was secretary of state and are completely detached from today's reality. The idea that Sunni are putting power drills in the heads of Shia and vice versa because of the Arab-Israeli conflict is bizarre."
The idea that we would expect anything substantive from Baker and Hamilton in the first place is bizarre.
12 posted on 12/09/2006 11:13:15 PM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are the DhimmiGods of the New Religion of PC)
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To: Candor7

"If that happens, the soft underbelly of Europe will feel the Islamofascist scourge"

Who cares? They certainly don't. Why should we?


13 posted on 12/09/2006 11:26:52 PM PST by raftguide
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To: Candor7

"If that happens, the soft underbelly of Europe will feel the Islamofascist scourge"

Who cares? They certainly don't. Why should we?


14 posted on 12/09/2006 11:26:53 PM PST by raftguide
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bush is weak.

Dems will pull the plug on the money,
if Bush doesn't obey.


15 posted on 12/10/2006 12:09:44 AM PST by greasepaint
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To: greasepaint
"Dems will pull the plug on the money, "

How are they going to get Lieberman to join them in this surrender nonsense then?
He might just pissed off with their surrender monkey crap and move over to the Republican side (He refused to rule that out when he was asked that a few weeks back).
Then its Bye Bye to Dems control of the US Senate.
16 posted on 12/10/2006 12:40:30 AM PST by ShawTaylor
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To: West Coast Conservative

Mistakes are being made in Iraq. Political concerns are ruling initiatives. The U.S. military is thus being hamstrung and should be turned loose to wreak havoc and destruction on those creating the troubles.
If not we should get out and let them kill each other.
As for the surrender monkeys? Screw em.


17 posted on 12/10/2006 3:21:52 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Candor7
Either way, we are going to have to get it on with them.

Oh, no. I read on DU all the time how we can just negotiate with the Muslims and all will be well. OK, I can't actually stand to lurk over at DU any more, but I'm sure they feel that way. I mean, I feel that they feel that way, and how I feel is important, right?

Seriously, I quoted you in order to agree with you.

18 posted on 12/10/2006 5:50:01 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Why isn't there an "NRA" for the rest of my rights?)
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To: West Coast Conservative

The findings of the Iraq Surrender Group should be filed away where they belong; in some dusty file cabinet in an obscure location.


19 posted on 12/10/2006 6:04:22 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: RKBA Democrat
The findings of the Iraq Surrender Group should be filed away where they belong; in some dusty file cabinet in an obscure location.

I can think of a more umm...practical use for the paper on which these "findings" were printed, and it involves the smallest room in my house, and and area behind me. :)
20 posted on 12/10/2006 8:12:29 AM PST by ShawTaylor
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To: dighton

Its about time we marched, en masse, to show SUPPORT. Too many anti-troop and war rallies are going on.


21 posted on 12/10/2006 8:48:23 AM PST by HHKrepublican_2
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To: West Coast Conservative

Does anyone actually like the substance of the ISG report? Seems that even the fans of the ISG are cheering the idea of a study, rather than what the study says. Even Murtha thinks it stinks.


22 posted on 12/10/2006 10:47:33 AM PST by RedRover (They are not killers. Defend our Marines.)
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To: raftguide

What rubbish, we must defend Europe because of the following reasons...

errmm

errr.....


Oh yeah, its so they can complain about it for the next 60 years.

I don't know why there are still American troops stationed in europe. We could use those basing dollars at home.


23 posted on 12/10/2006 11:51:04 AM PST by Axlrose
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To: Axlrose

"We could use those basing dollars at home."

Or in Iraq!


24 posted on 12/10/2006 12:02:06 PM PST by raftguide
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To: West Coast Conservative

Bush has to get the road realigned with his hawkish base. Failure to do so means the Republicans are finished.

SS


25 posted on 12/10/2006 12:55:31 PM PST by Sword_Svalbardt (Sword Svalbardt)
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