Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Iraq Study Group recommends engagement with Iran/Syria

And not a great deal else it would seem. Urgent change is recommended to prevent the country sliding "towards chaos". Too late to prevent that I fear.

The BBC report that the 142 page report contains 79 recommendations with three key points:

A change in the primary mission of US forces in Iraq to enable it to begin to move combat forces out responsibly

Prompt action by the Iraqi government to achieve reconciliation

New and enhanced diplomatic efforts in the region

Not particularly revelatory. In recent weeks the media has been filled with experts and seers who have called for engagement with Iran and Syria. So whether Baker and co are simply delivering recommendations 'a la mode' is hard to judge. Regardless, it's difficult to see Bush sitting down with Ahmadinejad. I'm not in favour of troop withdrawal at this moment, but perhaps a publicised date for quitting Iraq might give something for all sides to focus on.

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