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  • 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...

    12/20/2006 4:21:11 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 127 replies · 3,344+ views ^ | December 13, 2006 | 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...
  • Emails Shed Light On ISG Intentions (Dang Funny Alert)

    12/17/2006 10:37:59 PM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | 12/18/2006 | Mike Ackley
    Our source must remain covert, but we have gained access to a series of e-mails between James A. Baker III and Lee A. Hamilton, co-chairmen of the Iraq Study Group. (Actually, the ISG designates them as "co-chairs," but even a cursory look shows neither of them to be furniture.) The messages' content sheds an interesting light on the ISG's 79 recommendations. We submit these messages below, without comment: Dear Jim: I've looked at the draft of the ISG recommendations. Do you think anybody will notice there aren't really 79, and that a bunch of them repeat or extend other recommendations?...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Baker-Hamilton Lunacy

    12/15/2006 7:12:49 PM PST · by Biscuit85 · 4 replies · 472+ views ^ | 15 December 06
    Much ink has already been spilled on the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group report. Welcomed by liberals and condemned by conservatives, more importantly it has been rejected by just every public figure in Iraq. Without a doubt, the report’s most controversial recommendation was the call for direct talks with the governments of Syria and Iran. What has gone unrecognized, however, are the stunning misconceptions underlying that recommendation. (Note: the page references below all refer to the PDF version of the report, which can be downloaded here. All emphasis is my own). Misconception #1: “Given the ability of Iran and Syria to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Even If We Leave Now, We'll Be Back

    12/10/2006 9:04:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 803+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2006 | David Rothkopf
    Strategic redeployment. Phased drawdown. Exit strategy. However one phrases it, Washington seems to be turning a page in the story of Iraq. The midterm elections, the subsequent resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the release of the Iraq Study Group's report last week all suggest that the transformational objectives that led U.S. forces into Iraq are being supplanted by an unmistakable and bipartisan desire to bring troops home, end this mess and move on. That impulse, while understandable, reflects the national narcissism that dogs much of U.S. foreign policy. We think Iraq is about us. We made it...
  • 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.”
  • 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...