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The co-chairs of the Iraq Study Group were James A. Baker III, who served Pres. Reagan as Secretary of the Treasury and White House Chief of Staff, and Pres. George H.W. Bush as Secretary of State; and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, a Democrat who served in Congress for 34 years.
Democratic members of the Study Group included former Secretary of Defense William Perry; former Governor and Senator Charles S. Robb; former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; and Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., advisor to Pres. Clinton. Republican members included former Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor; former Sen. Alan K. Simpson; former Attorney General Edwin Meese III; and former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger. (Former CIA Director Robert Gates was an active member for a period of months until his nomination as Secretary of Defense.)
Four organizations participated in preparing the report: United States Institute of Peace; James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; Center for the Study of the Presidency; and Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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By William on 12-19-06
Sound advice, but too much
The Iraq study group report offers much good advice on how to address the problems currently plaguing the reconsruction effort. Seventy-nine recommendations, however, are simply too many to consider. It is highly unlikely that either the United States or the Iraqi government has the necessary resources to implement all of these recommendations. As mentioned in the report there should be honest and open discussion of the budgetary requirements involved in rebuilding Iraq on the part of the United States. Also, the United States should engage other Middle Eastern countries more directly in soliciting help for rebuiliding Iraq. Countries like Iran should be given the opportunity to deny the U.S. request, if only for the purpose of reducing their own standing in the global community. Lastly, the United States must work to rebuild the military and repair the damage done to the relationship between civilian leaders and the military in the United States.
Bottomline: This report is worth consideration and offers a good starting point for further discussion.
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