Radical Steps Needed To Escape Iraq Quagmire

Posted on Saturday, November 18 at 13:20 by 4Canada
American voters have spoken, Congress has changed hands, and Secretary of Defence Don Rumsfeld has been put out to pasture at last, but there is still no plan for getting the US out of the Iraq quagmire. Certainly not from the Democrats, who are all over the shop. Senator Hilary Clinton, the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, doesn’t want a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. There is no Republican plan yet, either, but it is the job of the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel co-chaired by James Baker, former secretary of state during Bush senior’s presidency, to come up with one. Its recommendations will be acted on, too, because the new secretary of defence will be Robert Gates, another close friend of the family and a member of the Iraq Study Group. Thanks to various “accidental” leaks, we even know broadly what the ISG will recommend. It will urge a gradual reduction of American troops, with the last combat forces to be out of Iraq well before the 2008 elections. And it will tell Mr Bush to seek cover for this process by talking to Iraq’s neighbours, Iran and Syria. This will be very unwelcome advice for Bush. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15650.htm

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