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Iraq Panel: Situation ‘Grave and Deteriorating’

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Posted on Dec 6, 2006
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The U.S. should pull nearly all combat troops out of Iraq by 2008 and push for a broad diplomatic and political solution—or face a “slide toward chaos,” according to the long-awaited Iraq Study Group’s report.

  • A line from the report: “U.S. forces seem to be caught in a mission that has no foreseeable end.”
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  • Another interesting—albeit obvious—point: The report recommends that America undertake an effort to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict in tandem with U.S. efforts in Iraq.

  • Washington Post:

    Conditions in Iraq are “grave and deteriorating,” with the prospect that a “slide toward chaos” could topple the U.S.-backed government and trigger a regional war unless the United States changes course and seeks a broader diplomatic and political solution involving all of Iraq’s neighbors, according to a bipartisan panel that gave its recommendations to President Bush and Congress [Wednesday].

     

    In what amounts to the most extensive independent assessment of the nearly four-year-old conflict that has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis, the Iraq Study Group paints a bleak picture of a nation that Bush has repeatedly vowed to transform into a beacon of freedom and democracy in the Middle East.

    Despite a list of 79 recommendations meant to encourage regional diplomacy and lead to a reduction of U.S. forces over the next year, the panel acknowledges that stability in Iraq may be impossible to achieve any time soon.

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    New York Times:

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6—Saying that “the situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating,” a bipartisan commission today urged stepped-up diplomatic and political efforts to stabilize that country, coupled with a shift in the mission of U.S. forces to allow the United States to “begin to move its combat forces out of Iraq responsibly.”

    This could allow all U.S. combat brigades “not necessary for force protection” to be out of Iraq by the first quarter of 2008, the Iraq Study Group’s report said.

    The panel studying the war in Iraq presented its findings this morning to President Bush, who said he would take their ideas “very seriously” and act on them “in a timely fashion,” and then to Congressional leaders.

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    By Jackie T. Gabel, December 11, 2006 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment
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    This is too obvious. The struggle now going on within the oligarch class between the moderate imperialists and the Strange Love faction is showing up in numerous limited hangouts, e.g. “State of Denial,” “Fiasco,” “Triple Cross, et al. It offers the madmen an “incompetence” escape hatch, and a few have taken it, e.g. Perl, Rumsfeld. But, the struggle may very well not resolve before we see another incident.

    911Truth is the only way out of this nightmare

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    By Eleanore Kjellberg, December 9, 2006 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/09/world/middleeast/09oil.html?_r=1&th&emc;=th&oref=slogin

    Oil Well that ends well—but not for half a million dead Iraqis—well, as long as money can be made by the global elite—is it so terrible to kill, maim and torture a million people; can someone please explain why some lives have value and others are only to be used and discarded?

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    By William DeMente, December 8, 2006 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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    The Iraq Study Group should have read Al Quran for a more complete perspective of the situation.  When an adversary engages a Muslim in combat, Al Quran instructs the Muslim to fight with the blessing of Allah until the adversary ceases hostilities.  President George W. Bush should have taken this into consideration prior to invading Afghanistan and Iraq.  As long as the United States continues to occupy these countries, both Sunni and Shiite Muslims from all over will be killing U.S. personnel, which they consider to be infidels, by any means possible in the name of Allah.

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    By George S Semsel, December 8, 2006 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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    Nice report. However, by now it should be obvious to the meanest intelligence that the Bush adminstration has no intention of giving it more than lip service at best, probably less. Until these fools are removed, nothing much will be done to end the illegal war they have made, nothing.

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    By Arun, December 7, 2006 at 10:50 pm Link to this comment
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    What a joke ?
    I am not surprised to see that this website did not write about the panelist who were involved in preparing the Iraq report discussed here.
    People who prepared this report are all old friends of republicans and democrats with interest in Iraq oil.
    For complete details go to the following link…

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/07/1452236
    Shame on these parasites…Both parties included their friends as panelists to create this report at the expense of public money to pocket Iraqi oil money.
    Thank you Truth dig and help mobilize and inform American public.
    Arun
    Canada
    Arun

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    By moe thompson, December 7, 2006 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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    REPORT WON’T FLY, MUST BE APPROVED BY RUSH LIMBAUGH AND HIS SON SEAN HANNITY. HELP US….

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    By William Hallowell, December 7, 2006 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment
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    These comments are thought-provoking.  No matter what side of the fence you fall on, public opinion on the topic is interesting Generally speaking, the public consistently favors diplomacy over force in foreign affairs. According to our Foreign Policy Index, 61% of Americans favor more emphasis on diplomatic and economic methods when it comes to fighting terrorism.  Contact me for more or go to http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/major_proposals_detail.cfm?issue_type=americas_global_role&list=2 for more information.

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    By brooke, December 7, 2006 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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    Follow the money trail. Look where our navy is stationed, protecting the oil platforms.. Impeachment or just down right firing Bush is the answer. What about a firm , resolution and commitment to a timetable for withdrawl. Factor in the taliban and the fact that Iran isn’t going to even approach Bush, because he isn’t interested in peace or diplomacy and they know that.Turn it around, state clearly that it is a no-win situation, it happens. It was a mistake from the get go. Pull out of Iraq , the sooner the better. Let The sunnis and shiites take care of their own religious war, but don’t sacrifice the innocent or our military for a war that cannot be won. Cut off the funding, and cut-off Bush’s reign as the president and bring our folkes home..that my friend is a resolution.

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    By DennisD, December 7, 2006 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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    With Bush and his Neocons in control we have had what amounts to the “Perfect Storm” in the White House. People born into money and power never having to answer for what they do. Add in the appropriate amount of arrogance and incompetence and we are where we are. It took very little common sense to see where this war was going from the start but as long as the right people are making money from it who cares. As to why something does or doesn’t happen in this country the phrase “Follow the money” says it all.

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    By Alejandro, December 7, 2006 at 7:30 am Link to this comment
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    I havn’t read the whole report or all of the recomedations. However, what I do know is that so far there is nothing new in this report. This debacle was predicted before this war even started almost down to the last detail. The idiot in the White House (My house by the way) did not listen then so what makes you think he will listen now. It looks like the only way to stop this madness is stop funding it. There is plenty of money already allocated for Iraq if the neocons quit stealing it, so give the order is what I say and lets start building the gallows.

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    By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, December 7, 2006 at 6:13 am Link to this comment
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    After thinking about this all night and before I kill myself, I would like to suggest one other possible solution.  History, to those who listen is a great teacher.  Remember when the venerable Ronald Reagan, the one-time Hollywood actor and union leader turned president of the greatest nation in the world and the destroyer of the American union movement, brought down the evil communist regime with one brilliant oration, “Mr. Gorbachov, Tear Down This Wall.”  The world, now a much better place for Mr. Reagan having commanded that, will never forget him for that.  Well, Bush is very concerned about his place in history, right?  BINGO.  First he has to take elocution lessons from some Hollywood coach.  Then a scriptwriter—those people are really clever at coming up with just the right thing to say—can compose the ultimate one-liner (perfect for Bush) and, then, all that’s left to do is for an acting coach to teach Bush stage presence and for Bush to put in lots of practice time, set the scene, and a director to rehearse it and the rest is, as they say, history.  I can hear it now: “YYYYY’, uh,uh,You,Ex,er,uhExtrem-em-er,uh,ist Mus,er (aside to Gates,“What the Hell are they called, Bob? Extremeist Islamofascist Muslims, Sir) Oh, uh aw fergit it! Hey, you guys, er, uh, Git the Hell outta Iraq!

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    By mite, December 7, 2006 at 6:11 am Link to this comment
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    Do not buy `The Iraq Study Group Report’ it is available on C-Span.

    Will the 79 suggestions in this report be done like the 100’s of suggestions in `911 Commission Report’by this administration and the 109 th Congress? Did we get the guy in the cave yet?

    Does anyone in the main media even care about the truth anymore?

    Hey citizens of the world read these books and web sites if you want the truth.

    ~ The Creature From Jekell Island~ by G. Edward Griffin http://www.Orwelltoday.com

    ~ George Bush: The Unauthorized Biography~ by
    Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

    ~ SpidersWeb: The Secret History of How the Whitehouse Illegally Armed Iraq~ by Alan Friedman ** Good Luck Trying To Find It** ??Amazon??

    ~ Confessions Of An Economic Hitman ~ by John Perkins

    ~ Behold A Pale Horse ~ by Milton William Cooper
    http://www.lawfulpath.com

    http://www.articbeacon.com and http://www.illuminaticonfessions.webfriend.it

    This information is for those who believe in ” give me liberty or give me death” P. Henry

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    By SamSnedegar, December 7, 2006 at 2:27 am Link to this comment
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    “....A line from the report: “U.S. forces seem to be caught in a mission that has no foreseeable end.” ....”

    The end comes when the oil runs out. People as smart as that group ought to have known that.

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    By ChicagoGuy, December 7, 2006 at 12:26 am Link to this comment
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    My gut feeling tells me our fearless leader will not even read this report and just have one of his flunkies digest it and just feed him the parts that support his views. Maybe Georgie can just go straight to the Appendix and color the maps.

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    By G. Anderson, December 6, 2006 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment
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    The report seems to offer a thoughtful, and co herent way for the United States to salvage what is left of the catasrophe we have made in Iraq.
    Mr. Baker has done his country a service by offering a course of action and a stategy for success.

    And he has also done something else more important, he has provided solid documentation, of Bush’s malfesance in office, in the event Mr. Bush ignores, the reports recommendations.

    At some future date, when our soliders, suffer a military defeat at the hands of the insurgency, this report will offer incontravertable proof of Mr. Bush’s, and the republican partys responsibility for the loss of the middle east and the deaths of so many of our children in uniform. For which the American people need to hold Mr. Bush responsible after he leaves office.

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    By Nemesis of the Neocons, December 6, 2006 at 10:11 pm Link to this comment
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    Over at the Weekly Standard, the neocon pundits are furious, screaming that the US absolutely MUST stay in Iraq—for the same reason we were lied into the war in the first place: Israel’s benefit.

    Well, too bad, Israel. You and your neocon “friends” lied us into a catastrophic war for you, and now we can only save what’s left of ourselves if we get out of Iraq, leaving you in a worse predicament than ever. Tough. That should teach the Israel-obsessed American neocon traitors a nice, painful lesson.

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    By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, December 6, 2006 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment
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    Typical American: Destroy the lives of millions, kill, maim, orphan, injure hundreds of thousands more, squander what will eventually total a trillion bucks, turn most of the world against us, have to bow out in disgrace, and then, after a lengthy study, determine the solution to be diplomacy.  I think I’m going to kill myself.

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    By Quy Tran, December 6, 2006 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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    79 recommendations made by Iraq study team sent to King George ? Too much for the tiny brain of the King and his staffers.

    Just 1 proposal will be enough that is to withdraw all of our troops immediately from the battle field. Don’t wait until 2008 because the longer our troops are staying there the more they’ll be sacrificed vaguely.

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    By Julie, December 6, 2006 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment
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    Truth finally broadcast. Let’s hope this is a new day…

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    By Polly Ester, December 6, 2006 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment
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    Tell us something we don’t know!

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    By Lisa W., December 6, 2006 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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    Duh!

    It’s too bad that they didn’t recommend outright impeachment of our incompetent, misleading (aka lying), and ignorant leadership.

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    By Dan Weisman, December 6, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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    Nice going Mr. President..Nice Going Mr. VICE President…Nice going Mr. Secretary of Defense…Nice Going NEOCON ADVISORS AND GO-ALONG-CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN…...NICE Going War Profiteers!.....WOO! HOO!.....WAY TO GOOOOOO!

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