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  • Human Rights Travesty

    07/23/2007 9:42:25 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 539+ views
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | July 23, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Human Rights Travesty By Kenneth R. Timmerman | July 23, 2007 If human rights abuses were ranked like baseball careers, Iran’s ruling clerics and the mighty midget they’ve installed as president would deserve honored places in the 21st Century’s Hall of Shame. On July 10, Iran’s Interior ministry confirmed the sentence, handed down ten days earlier by a court in the north of the country, condemning a man to death by stoning. If you’ve never witnessed a stoning (and most of us haven’t, I trust), you can get a flavor for the barbarity of this Koranic punishment from a...
  • Panetta said Bush living "in another world"?

    01/08/2012 3:35:44 PM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies
    ... In November of 2011, the Washington Post reported that the Iranian government had mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon after receiving assistance from foreign scientists. The Post went on to say: An intelligence update will be circulated among International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA] members... It is expected to focus on Iran's alleged efforts towards putting radioactive material in a warhead and developing missiles... Julian Borger of the Guardian-UK reported in November of 2009: The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design......
  • Iran's Khatami calls for calm heads in nuclear row

    01/26/2007 4:05:03 AM PST · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 227+ views
    al-Reuters ^ | Jan. 25, 2007 | Stella Dawson
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Thursday called for calm heads to reduce building tensions between the United States and his country over its nuclear program. "I hope that they would be good enough in managing the situation. We deeply need patience and understanding and not to get too emotional," Khatami said at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Tehran and Washington have collided head-on over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision last February to resume the country's uranium enrichment program, reversing a more than two-year pause under Khatami's government. Iran says it needs nuclear power...
  • Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't (Amir Taheri)

    07/20/2007 5:56:29 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies · 419+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 20, 2007 | Amir Taheri
    Iran: The Conspiracy that Wasn't July 20, 2007 The New York Post Amir Taheri . . . THOUGH IT DOES SEEM A FINE IDEA Esfandiari: Hardly a "foreign plotter." EVER since its creation in 1979, the Islamic Republic in Iran has been obsessed with conspiracy theories, especially "foreign plots" to topple it. This paranoia was demonstrated again Wednesday with the televised confessions of two U.S. citizens of Iranian origin arrested in Tehran and accused of working for the "Great Satan." To most Iranians who watched the sordid show, the two "enemies of Islam" seemed unlikely heroes of an international conspiracy....
  • Official: Iraq gov't misses all targets

    07/09/2007 5:21:51 PM PDT · by don-o · 51 replies · 1,345+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | July 9, 2007 | ANNE FLAHERTY and ANNE GEARAN
    WASHINGTON - A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday. One likely result of the report will be a vastly accelerated debate among President Bush's top aides on withdrawing troops and scaling back the U.S. presence in Iraq. The "pivot point" for addressing the matter will no longer be Sept. 15, as initially envisioned, when a full report on Bush's so-called "surge" plan is due, but...
  • Brzezinski's Latest Blast: 'Whatever Happened to Iraq Study Group?'

    06/26/2007 4:25:35 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies · 1,289+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski is at it again. As noted here and here, the daughter of Jimmy Carter's former NSA is inclined to inject her own political views into her MSNBC newsreading role.At 6:10 am EDT on today's "Morning Joe," Mika read an item reporting that Sen. Richard Lugar [R-IN] had called for a change of course in Iraq and expressed support for the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker and Lugar's fellow Hoosier, Lee Hamilton.Mika couldn't restrain herself. MSNBC NEWSREADER MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Whatever happened to the Iraq Study Group, because I believe President Bush asked for those...
  • Giuliani Skipped Iraq Study Panel for Speeches

    06/19/2007 7:47:22 AM PDT · by jdm · 14 replies · 451+ views
    NewsMax ^ | June 19, 2007 | Staff
    Rudy Giuliani quit an elite Iraq study panel last spring after he failed to show up for a single official group meeting, citing "previous time commitments” – a speaking tour that brought in $11.4 million in 14 months. The 10-member panel, known as the Baker-Hamilton commission, was chartered by Congress and encouraged by President Bush to explore U.S. policy in Iraq. On May 18, 2006, when the panel gathered in Washington, Giuliani gave a $100,000 speech on leadership at a business awards breakfast in Atlanta, Newsday reports. The month before, he skipped another panel session to deliver the keynote speech...
  • Democrats Tamp Down Talk of Iranian Travel Plans

    04/13/2007 9:11:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 953+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2007 | Greg Simmons
    Top Democrats sought to tamp down on Wednesday any speculation that Rep. Tom Lantos — or possibly House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — may be traveling to Iran, a day after revealing their willingness to travel there. "No, the speaker has no intentions of going to Iran," Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Wednesday afternoon in a telephone interview with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also confirmed Wednesday that he is not going to Iran, although he didn't discount others who may make such plans. Reid pointed to the Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the United States begin discussions — at...
  • Canada involved in effort to lift Iraq from chaos (odd, UN-related)

    03/16/2007 8:42:10 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 11 replies · 353+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | Friday, March 16, 2007 | Steven Edwards
    Canada involved in effort to lift Iraq from chaos Steven Edwards, CanWest News Service Published: Friday, March 16, 2007 UNITED NATIONS — Canada offered Iraq help on Friday to lift it from chaos while speaking at a closed international meeting as one of the key powers seeking to involve as many countries as possible in the reconstruction of the war-torn country. While Ottawa kept wraps on its speech inside the United Nations meeting room, officials revealed the Canadian delegate spoke about the need to extend economic and political help. Attended by more than 80 countries, the meeting represented a...
  • New Study Partners [Is Bush Embracing Baker-Hamilton Strategy?]

    03/02/2007 11:06:50 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 3 replies · 456+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2007 | Craig Crawford
    Now it seems as though George W. Bush might be paying more attention to former Secretary of State James A. Baker III’s Iraq Study Group than he initially let on. For starters, the president’s apparent about-face last week from his earlier rejection of meetings with Iran or Syria falls right in line with one of Baker’s chief recommendations.Baker’s blue-ribbon panel, co-chaired with former Democratic Rep. Lee H. Hamilton of Indiana, unveiled 79 recommendations in December for salvaging Iraq. The 10 members of the group — five from each political party — checked their partisanship at the door to draw a...
  • Realists to the Rescue?

    02/09/2007 11:55:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Commentary ^ | February 2007 | Bret Stephens
    “Reality therapy,” declared Time magazine’s Michael Duffy with satisfaction. “A chance to think anew,” added Newsweek’s Jon Meacham. These and similarly warm words of welcome from organs of respectable opinion greeted the December arrival of the long-awaited report of the Iraq Study Group (ISG), with its 79 prescriptions for U.S. policy in the Middle East. The sense of relief was palpable. With neoconservatism supposedly repudiated by the “fiasco” of Iraq, the backing of a wise man’s council composed equally of Republicans and Democrats, and a friendly media breeze in its sails, the ISG report was heralded not just as...
  • Iraq group almost got into sock & awe

    02/08/2007 9:57:47 AM PST · by presidio9 · 9 replies · 640+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 02/07/07 | Rush & Molloy
    Lee Hamilton revealed Monday in Washington that some members of the Iraq Study Group nearly came to blows over the direction of the war. The former congressman also told the council and the board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, of which he is president, that discussions of how to resolve the situation in Iraq became so contentious, he had his doubts they would ever agree enough to make their report to Congress. Hamilton co-chaired the study group with James Baker 3rd. "Lee said, 'There were almost fistfights. It happened several times,'" revealed our source. "He said some...
  • A "Citizens Report on Iraq"

    01/30/2007 1:14:20 PM PST · by Phsstpok · 15 replies · 2,205+ views
    MichelleMalkin.COM ^ | January 30, 2007 11:51 AM | Michelle Malkin
    A "Citizens Report on Iraq" By Michelle Malkin   ·   January 30, 2007 11:51 AM Just released. Compiled as a response to the Iraq Study Group. Here's the 86-page PDF. From the press release: In the Citizens Report on Iraq, readers will learn that progress is being made in Iraq; there are large areas of Iraq that are safe and prospering; that the enemy is being killed and wounded in astounding proportion to American casualties; that the reporting on Iraq by the dominant media is universally despised as inaccurate and misleading by those fighting for Free Iraq -- Americans and Iraqis alike;...
  • James Baker Works to Establish Direct USA - Iran Diplomatic Ties

    01/30/2007 12:07:06 AM PST · by FARS · 52 replies · 1,740+ views
    Defense & Foreign Affairs via AntiMullah ^ | January 29th, 2007 | G. R. Copely
    MUST READ - James Baker Works to Establish Direct Diplomatic USA - Iran Ties Former US Secretary of State Baker Attempts to Bypass Bush White House on Iran Defense & Foreign Affairs Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. Former US Secretary of State James Baker, who co-chaired the recent US Iraq Study Group — the main recommendations of which were rejected by the George W. Bush Administration — is working indirectly and behind the scenes to bring about direct diplomatic ties between the US and Iran. This is in defiance of Bush White House policy which essentially has said...
  • Assad inspires 'flip' theories

    12/28/2006 9:44:34 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 21 replies · 865+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2006 | Iason Athanasiadis
    Recent visits by Syrian President Bashar Assad to U.S.-allied Yemen and the United Arab Emirates are prompting speculation that Syria is seeking to leave the Iranian orbit and pursue closer ties with the West. Such a move would fulfill a major recommendation of the Iraq Study Group, headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, which suggested it might be possible through diplomacy to pry Syria away from Iran.
  • Baker sought to cover-up illegal trade with Saddam's Iraq, Israeli charges

    12/27/2006 1:06:32 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,370+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 23, 2006
    Former Secretary of State James Baker was involved in a cover-up of illegal trading by his law firm with the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a former contractor who did work for Mr. Baker’s firm. Mr. Baker used non-Americans to help acquire funds from Iraq in violation of the United Nations embargo and U.S. law, the former contractor said. Nir Gouaz, an Israeli security veteran, said that in 1999 Mr. Baker's leading deputy at the law firm of Baker Botts ordered him to destroy all documents that detailed how he obtained from Iraq more than $250 million...
  • Troop Push Is Personal For McCain (Senator Calls for Iraq Boost as Son Becomes a Marine)

    12/26/2006 2:31:11 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 37 replies · 1,050+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 26, 2006 | Elizabeth Williamson
    As the Iraq Study Group issued its long-awaited report on the war, declaring that the United States should not dispatch more troops, Sen. John McCain reacted with his long-held and contrary view: It will take more boots on the ground, or the nation faces "sooner or later, our defeat in Iraq." Then the Arizona Republican discreetly flew to San Diego, where the next day, Dec. 8, he sat under a hot sun to watch a skinny 18-year-old in military-issue glasses graduate from boot camp and become a Marine. His son Jimmy. John McCain's public certainty about Iraq masks a more...
  • Anbar Province and the Iraq Study Group Report

    12/22/2006 6:10:38 PM PST · by Valin · 7 replies · 505+ views
    The Fourth Rail ^ | 12/22/06 | Bill Roggio
    Anbar Province and the Iraq Study Group Report Iraqi Politicians and Tribal Sheihks are concerned about the implications of the Iraq Study Group report The release of the Iraq Study Group report, a 79 point plan to address Iraq, created by a blue ribbon panel lead by former Secretary of State James Baker and Representative Lee Hamilton, has implications far beyond domestic U.S. politics. I've been asked numerous times how this report has effected the U.S. troops serving in Iraq. The answer is very little. Most shrug their shoulders at the news reports, and haven't had time to digest the...
  • Zucker Video-Compares Baker/Iraq Study Group To Neville Chamberlin's "Peace In Our Time"

    12/19/2006 9:31:40 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 39 replies · 1,931+ views
    Youtube ^ | Dec 18 2006 | Zucker
    WELL done video! Zucker says in Comedy what everyone else is afraid to say!
  • Awaiting final word on Iraq report's impact

    12/18/2006 9:35:02 PM PST · by Angel · 5 replies · 423+ views | December 18, 2006 | Lee Hamilton
  • 2 senators slam Baker-Hamilton report (McCain, Lieberman)

    12/18/2006 11:07:14 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 14 replies · 783+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | December 18, 2006 | HERB KEINON
    A Congressional delegation headed by US Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday that they were squarely against the Baker-Hamilton report calling for the US to engage in dialogue with Iran and Syria, according to officials present at the meeting. According to the officials, McCain and Lieberman said that the report was just one more report circulating in Washington, and was not US policy. The report also called for the convening of an international peace conference, along the lines of the Madrid conference, and Lieberman said that it was as if former...
  • Baker-Hamilton Gives the Left a Place to Stand

    12/17/2006 5:30:06 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 28 replies · 621+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
    During the 2004 election, it was painfully apparent that the Democratic presidential candidate had no credible response when President Bush and the Republicans asked him the ultimate question about the war in Iraq: “What exactly would you do?” Unable to advocate immediate withdrawal, unwilling to suggest a specific timetable, John Kerry and his party were stuck, able only to grouse about the failure to find WMDs or to criticize inadequate troop levels. But now the Left has been given a built-in response to the question of what should be done. All they now have to say is: “Implement the Baker...
  • Walid Phares: Iraqization is right, but surrendering to fascist regimes is wrong

    12/17/2006 6:51:03 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies · 393+ views
    Walid Phares: Iraqization is right, but surrendering to fascist regimes is wrong Dec. 6, 2006 Washington DC, December 6, 2006. Mideast Newswire In his first analysis of the the Iraq Study Group recommendations, Mideast expert Walid Phares told three media outlets in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, that "the Iraq Study Group's recommendations resemble a salad bowl. The document contains some rational suggestions that should have been adopted by the Bush Administration years ago, and also some suicidal ideas that were tested decades ago and failed miserably." Phares, a senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of...
  • The Big Lie About the Middle East,Tell Baker: Arab nations don't care about the Palestinians

    12/16/2006 5:29:28 PM PST · by PRePublic · 24 replies · 943+ views
    Time ^ | Dec, 10, 2006 | LISA BEYER
    The Big Lie About the Middle East,Tell James Baker: Arab nations don't care about the Palestinians No sensible person is against peacemaking in the Holy Land. Applause and hopefulness would seem the reasonable reaction to the Iraq Study Group's recommendation that the Bush Administration "act boldly" and "as soon as possible" to resolve the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. But as a front-row observer of similar efforts over the past 15 years, I could muster neither response. In lumping the Iraq mess in with the Palestinian problem--and suggesting the first could not be fixed unless the second was too--the...
  • Defying Bush, Specter Plans Syria Trip

    12/15/2006 8:48:47 PM PST · by kddid · 203 replies · 3,144+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Associated Press
    Sen. Arlen Specter, a 26-year Senate Republican, said he will visit Syria despite loud objections by the Bush administration, contending the situation in Iraq is so dire that it is time Congress step up to the plate and see what it can do. Specter, R-Pa., said in an interview late Friday that he is planning a trip to the Middle East that will include Israel and Syria. The senator said he and other Republicans are concerned that the administration's policies in the Middle East are not working and that other GOP members may follow in his footsteps. "I've talked to...
  • Wanted, a Churchillian effort in Iraq

    12/14/2006 4:18:31 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 12 replies · 485+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 14, 2006 | Michael Costello
    THE moment of truth, of decision, has arrived for Iraq. Last week the Iraq Study Group, appointed by the US Congress, made public its report. The bipartisan group, led by former secretary of state James Baker and former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton and peopled by experienced former political and diplomatic practitioners, gave a sombre view of the state of affairs in Iraq. The group also put forward new proposals for US policy including talking to Syria and Iran, withdrawing US combat troops by the first quarter of 2008, and deploying up to 20,000 US troops to train and advise Iraqi...
  • Iraq Study Group: Looking for a few good laughs? (Freeper op-ed)

    12/14/2006 9:22:32 AM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 11 replies · 660+ views
    Freeport Ink (Illinois) | 12/14/06 | Me
    I expected the report of the Iraq Study Group (or ISG, known in my home as the Iraq Surrender Group) would be bad, but what they delivered was quite horrendous. Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant James Hanson titled his post on it at the famous BlackFive blog “Group Studies Iraq- Fails to find clue bag.” Actually, he concludes, they can’t even tell you the color of the clue bag. Here was a commission tasked fix a war and almost none of them had even served in the military. James Baker and Chuck Robb both saw combat as Marines, but for...
  • Let’s Call It A Cancer and Get Rid of It

    12/14/2006 8:47:44 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 195+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/14/06 | Purple Mountains
    There are all kinds of signs that traditional anti-Semitism in Europe is growing by leaps and bounds, while the UN continues to pass resolution after resolution condemning Israel for shooting back at Arab terrorists who murder Israelis almost on a daily basis. There is really nothing new about this; similar tendencies were seen just before World Wars I and II. Since 1948, when the United Nations approved the formation of the nation of Israel (and Arabs were offered and refused their own nation-state), and the United States was the first country to recognize Israel, Americans have supported Israel as one...
  • The Baker Cure--Iraq Study Group finds solution to the Jewish prob—I Mean, the Iraq problem

    12/14/2006 5:47:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 502+ views ^ | December 14, 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Iraq Study Group finds solution to the Jewish prob—I Mean, the Iraq problem. After several weeks, the much talked-about Iraq Study Group--tasked with finding a solution to the Iraq problem--announced its proposal, conceived mainly by former Secretary of State James Baker: The way to fix Iraq is for Israel to withdraw from the West Bank and Golan Heights. The proposal is titled “F--k the Jews. They don’t vote for us anyway.”Jimmy Carter was seen slapping his forehead and saying, “D’oh! Why didn’t I hire that guy?!”Even as I’ve kvelled over the past six years of the Bush administration’s almost unprecedented...
  • Surrender By Any Other Name... [COULTER]

    12/13/2006 3:32:21 PM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 72 replies · 1,510+ views
    Human Events ^ | Posted Dec 13, 2006 | by Ann Coulter
    How did we go from winning the war in Iraq to losing overnight? Was this decided by the same committee that changed "Peking" to "Beijing"? These word changes are a fortiori evidence that liberals are part of a conspiracy. On what date did "horrible" and "actress" vanish from the English language to be replaced with "horrific" and "actor"? Who decided that? (Meanwhile, I'm still writing "Puff Daddy" in my nightly dream journal when everybody else has started calling him "Diddy.") When did "B.C." (before Christ) and "A.D." (anno Domini, "in the year of the Lord") get replaced with "BCE" (before...
  • Beyond Baker-Hamilton - One Approach to a Last Try at Stability in Iraq

    12/13/2006 3:36:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 246+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 13, 2006 | Barry R. McCaffrey
    A collapse of the Iraqi state would be catastrophic -- for the people of Iraq, for the Middle East and for America's strategic interests. We need a new political and military approach to head off this impending disaster -- one crafted with bipartisan congressional support. But Baker-Hamilton isn't it. Our objective should be a large-scale U.S. military withdrawal within the next 36 months, leaving in place an Iraqi government in a stable and mostly peaceful country that does not threaten its six neighboring states and does not intend to possess weapons of mass destruction. The courage and skill of the...
  • Inside the Ring

    12/13/2006 11:40:22 AM PST · by JZelle · 5 replies · 187+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12-13-06 | Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough
    Study this We have tapped the special-operations community and found some sour words for the Iraq Study Group's 79 recommendations for getting out of Iraq. An Army Green Beret told us: "The Iraq Study Group has taken a chapter out of our old playbook in Vietnam known as "Vietnamization." It predictably failed then, as this will now. The Democrats and Republicans now have a policy which will protect their candidates in future elections. As a bipartisan document, it is a politically marvelous way of abandoning Iraq without paying the political price at home as the party that lost the war.
  • ISG report, circa 1943

    12/13/2006 2:10:11 AM PST · by Oakleaf · 10 replies · 557+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2006 | Paul Greenberg
    Imagine the progress Franklin D. Roosevelt might have made as commander in chief of American forces during the Second World War if only he could have had the benefit of advice from James Baker, Lee Hamilton and the other members of the Iraq Study Group. Today's column applies its lessons -- indeed, whole sections of its text -- to that earlier quagmire: Snip Despite the greatest mass mobilization in our country's history, the enemy remains on the offensive and is proceeding to expand its earlier gains. To quote one of the distinguished historians on our extensive panel of consultants: "So...
  • USA*Engage Commends Iraq Study Group Recommendations to Engage Iran

    12/12/2006 12:15:31 PM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies · 623+ views
    USA Engage ^ | 6 Dec 06 | Jennifer Cummings
    Washington, D.C. – USA*Engage today commended the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group to constructively engage Iran as part of a broader Iraq strategy. “Isolation has rarely proved to be effective in changing the behavior of other governments. The Iraq Study Group report is further evidence that dialogue with the Iranian regime, however limited, is vitally important to U.S. national and security interests,” said Jake Colvin, Director of USA*Engage. “Not talking simply limits your options. Dialogue is not going to be a silver bullet, but it’s a more constructive approach to a country like Iran.” The Iraq Study Group is...
  • What do you think we should do with Iraq?

    12/12/2006 9:03:56 AM PST · by Blue Scourge · 104 replies · 2,946+ views
    None ^ | 12/12/06 | Me
    Well, I see everyone has their own opinion on what we should do in Iraq. So I figured I'd start a central thread for all ideas, comments, and debate. If the Mods don't like it, or think it's no good than they can delete it.
  • The Poisonous Report (ISG)

    12/12/2006 5:55:45 AM PST · by Valin · 17 replies · 472+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 12/12/06 | Omran Salman
    Editor of Arabic Reformist Website AAFAQ Criticizes Recommendations of the Iraq Study Group The following is the translation of an editorial titled "The Poisonous Report" that was posted on the Arabic reformist website on December 8, 2006. It was written by website editor Omran Salman. [1] "We may summarize the Iraq Study Group's report chaired by former secretary of state James Baker in one sentence: 'Handcuff the hands and free the tongue.' This conclusion went hand in hand with the common wisdom that says: 'When people sit to talk to one another, they forget their fighting.' This can be...
  • Isn't gas warfare against the law? (Wes Pruden)

    12/12/2006 5:18:39 AM PST · by seanmerc · 6 replies · 555+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 12, 2006 | Wes Pruden
    We're well into the Christmas season, and if the spirit of the Christ child is under assault we have an abundance of air and wind, a lot of it vile and foul. One of the study commissions at the United Nations, perhaps stacked with vegetarians overdosing on tofu and bean sprouts, concludes that the flatulence of cows is more damaging to the environment than automobiles. Poor Bossy, contentedly chewing her cud and minding her own business, now exposed as just another scapegoat (scapecow?) to blame for global warming. But it's not just cows. Some of our most distinguished statespersons are...
  • The Naive Idealism Of The ISG "Realists" (David Limbaugh: Its Really Unrealism, Stupid Alert)

    12/11/2006 11:27:29 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 606+ views ^ | 12/12/2006 | David Limbaugh
    Upon further study, what strikes me most about the Iraq Study Group report, or ISGR, is its profound naivete. The group could better identify its operative philosophy as "unrealism," rather than realism. The modern form of foreign policy "realism" emerged, according to "The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World," in reaction to "idealism," an "approach which held that countries were united in an underlying harmony of interest – a view shattered by the outbreak of World War II." But there's more: "Rather than study the world as it might be, Realists maintained that a science of international politics must...
  • Talk The Walk (David Warren To The Appeasers: Fight Back Or Get Blown Up Alert)

    12/11/2006 11:10:00 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 715+ views
    David ^ | 12/09/2006 | David Warren
    I was rewriting history, while walking along some cold lakeshore the other day. My thought was: if Churchill had only come to power in 1937, Chamberlain would have been installed to replace him in 1940. Had Churchill been in power, and refused to sign Munich, he would have been blamed for the outbreak of war. I can just hear the prattle in an English pub, circa 1950. "He pushed Hitler to it! Had it not been for Churchill, Hitler would have been satisfied with the Sudetenland, and England would never have had to surrender. Everything was Churchill's fault!" Today, everything...
  • Baker's Iraq report is a study in appeasement (... if you've never read David Warren)

    12/11/2006 1:55:35 PM PST · by GMMAC · 23 replies · 815+ views
    Ottawa Citizen - Canada ^ | Saturday, December 9, 2006 | David Warren
    Baker's Iraq report is a study in appeasement David Warren - Ottawa Citizen Published: Saturday, December 9, 2006 I was rewriting history, while walking along some cold lakeshore the other day. My thought was: if Churchill had only come to power in 1937, Chamberlain would have been installed to replace him in 1940. Had Churchill been in power, and refused to sign Munich, he would have been blamed for the outbreak of war. I can just hear the prattle in an English pub, circa 1950. "He pushed Hitler to it! Had it not been for Churchill, Hitler would have...
  • Iraq rejects suggestion of US troops leaving by early 2008 as 'an insult'

    12/10/2006 11:08:28 PM PST · by MadIvan · 35 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | December 11, 2006 | Damien McElroy
    Iraq yesterday rejected recommendations that America aim to pull its forces out of the country by early 2008, saying such a move would be an "insult" to the Iraqi people.Jalal Talabani, Iraq's president, firmly denounced proposals in the Iraq Study Group to scale down the war effort. His comments came as Donald Rumsfeld, the outgoing US defence secretary, made his final visit to the country. President Talabani also angrily accused the report's co-author, former secretary of state James Baker, of attempting to restore Sunni Muslim power with the report's suggestion that Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party loyalists be offered positions of...
  • BBC: Bush seeks advice on Iraq policy ~ actually ,,,having consultations with State Department ...

    12/11/2006 12:27:09 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 473+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 11 December 2006, 19:40 GMT | BBC Staff
    Bush seeks advice on Iraq policy Mr Bush is to make a televised address on Iraq before Christmas US President George W Bush has opened three days of intensive talks on Iraq, as he weighs possible policy changes. Without mentioning Iran and Syria by name, Mr Bush said Iraq's neighbours also bore responsibility for helping foster Iraqi security and democracy. His comments came after consultations with senior State Department officials. The talks follow a recent report on US policy in Iraq that called for urgent action to stop "a slide towards chaos", including talks with Iran and Syria. The...
  • Second Thoughts on the Baker Boys – Brilliant??

    12/11/2006 8:53:32 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 366+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/11/06 | Purple Mountains
    I’ve taken several pot shots at Jim Baker and the Iraq Study Group, but after watching the appearance of Baker and Lee Hamilton on Fox News Sunday, I’m thinking of changing my mind.
  • Consensus to surrender?

    12/11/2006 5:39:27 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-11-06
    Will inviting Iran and Syria to join an "Iraq Support Group" reduce Iranian influence in the region?   "The United States must build a new international consensus for stability in Iraq and the region. In order to foster such consensus, the United States should embark on a robust diplomatic effort to establish an international support ... [which] should include every country that has an interest in averting a chaotic Iraq, including all of Iraq's neighbors - Iran and Syria among them. Despite the well-known differences between many of these countries, they all share an interest in avoiding the horrific consequences...
  • Baker's stale ideas

    12/11/2006 5:33:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 714+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-11-06 | BARRY RUBIN
      Reading the Baker-Hamilton report on Iraq reminds me of a weird experience I once had. I've never told anyone about it before, but I'm going to share it with you to show the underlying problem with that panel's conclusions. Many years ago I was participating in a blue-ribbon panel on future US foreign policy in the Middle East. This group's bipartisan members came up with a report that was a compromise, but with a strong strategic theme. Best of all, it recognized how the region's actual situation ensured that not much could be accomplished there. We were all staying...
  • Democrats Slow to Embrace Iraq Study

    12/11/2006 4:42:41 AM PST · by IrishMike · 37 replies · 998+ views
    Fox News /AP ^ | Monday, December 11, 2006 | ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY
    Democrats aren't scrambling to endorse recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, a tactic that largely leaves President Bush alone to salvage the war. Instead, the party that will control Congress in January plans to focus on stepped-up oversight of Bush's plans for the war. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., who will take over the Armed Services Committee, says he'll hold three hearings on Bush's plans for Iraq and is prepared to subpoena documents to review past missteps. Democrats also are eyeing ways to attach conditions to war funds that won't hurt troops and may even attract Republican support. Sen. Robert...
  • Terrorists rejoice over Iraq Study Report

    12/10/2006 5:33:28 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 849+ views
    Israel Today ^ | Dec. 10, 2006 | Israel Today
    Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip welcomed the report of the Iraq Study Group, presented by former US Secretary of State James Baker, which recognizes Islam as the “new giant of the world.” “The report proves that this is the era of Islam and of jihad,” said Abu Ayman, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad from Jenin. Islamic Jihad has been responsible for every suicide bombing in the past two years. Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas’ military wing, said Baker's report is a victory for Islam brought about by “Allah and his angels.”
  • How to Avoid Iraq Syndrome

    12/10/2006 2:14:23 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | December 11, 2006 | RICHARD HAASS
    Not much about Iraq can be predicted with confidence, but this much can: for the foreseeable future, it will be a messy country with a weak central government, a divided society and regular violence. At worst, as the Iraq Study Group report warns, Iraq will become a failed state racked by civil war that could spill over and engulf several of its neighbors. Either way, the human, economic, political and military costs of the Iraq war will mount. Scenes of chaos and human misery in Iraq would fuel bitterness against the U.S., first for having initiated the war, then for...
  • Iraq president rejects Baker-Hamilton report

    12/10/2006 2:05:47 PM PST · by jehardy · 5 replies · 476+ views
    CNN ^ | POSTED: 10:25 a.m. EST, December 10, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected the Iraq Study Group's report Sunday, calling it "very dangerous" to Iraq's sovereignty and constitution. "We can smell in it the attitude of James Baker," Talabani said, referring to the report's co-chair who served as secretary of state under President George H. W. Bush during the 1991 Iraq war. Talabani blamed Baker for leaving then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in power after that conflict, which ousted Iraqi troops from Kuwait. He also criticized the report for recommending a law that would allow thousands of former officials from Hussein's ousted Baath party to...
  • Iraqi leader says premature U.S. pullout will fuel terror's spread

    12/10/2006 12:09:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 14 replies · 561+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Dec. 10, 2006 | AP
    Iraq's national security adviser on Sunday said that Iraq needs more "strategic patience" from Washington to defeat terrorist violence that threatens to swarm the region if the U.S. pulls out too soon. "If we don't act to contain al-Qaida, the violence will spread like hell, not only to Saudi Arabia and the GCC (Gulf Arab) countries but to Syria, Iran and beyond," al-Rubaie told the International Institute of Strategic Studies conference in the Bahraini capital. "We in Iraq would like you to exercise some strategic patience for this paradigm shift," al-Rubaie said. "We need some time to retreat to our...