James Baker and company essentially told the president that the “solution” in Iraq is for us to negotiate with Iran and Syria. Iran’s president said yet again today that the destruction of the United States will happen soon. Baker also emphasized that no progress will be made in Iraq and elsewhere until the Israeli-Palestinian question is settled. But forcing Israel to give up more “land for peace” will ultimately result in no land for Israel and no peace for us.
Sadly, not one career military man served on the ISG. Its members went to Iraq once and did not venture out of the secured Green Zone. Why should its collective “wisdom” be considered by the president to be any better than the advice he receives daily from the men and women actually fighting the war? I don’t know if the president will accept any of the recommendations, but I do know this: The ISG conclusions will embolden America’s enemies and discourage America’s friends.
(Gary Bauer; End- of-Day; Dec. 6, 2006)
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