Baker Panel to Urge Change
The panel of advisors tasked with investigating solutions to the quagmire in Iraq is set to recommend a major shift in policy. The group, headed by former Secretary of State James Baker, is likely to advocate troop withdrawals, and might even suggest inviting Iran and Syria to assist in Iraq’s security.
Mr Baker’s commission, which is due to report in the next few months, is set to recommend significant change, and will advise against “staying the course”.
The bipartisan task force, which was asked by the US Congress to examine the effectiveness of American policy in Iraq, has reportedly been looking at two options, both of which would amount to a reversal of the Bush administration’s stance.
One is the phased withdrawal of US troops, the other is to invite Syria and Iran to come into Iraq to help stop the fighting.