Waiting on the Baker Commission Report



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Monday, November 27, 2006 - 12:00am

Waiting on the Baker Commission Report

While people are dying each day in Iraq, our leaders are waiting, waiting until James Baker can come up with his report that will supposedly change the course in Iraq.  Rather than trying to fix the mess they got into, the administration (and the Democrats) are pinning their hopes on a 76-year old man who has not held public office in over 14 years.


The Democrats are likely to hide behind whatever the Baker Commission recommends.  They have no plan of their own, at least not collectively, so they will take political cover in the report.  The administration, who is ultimately responsible, is having the Pentagon develop an alternative to James Baker's recommendations just in case they don't like them. 


Unfortunately, this is being done strictly for political purposes.  If these people were actually interested in protecting our troops, they would've changed course a long time ago, well before the elections.  It doesn't take very long to figure out that the current strategy is not working and that a new strategy must take hold.


Hopefully, Baker will recommend dividing the nation into three federations.  This is the first necessary step.  The Sunni, Shiites, and Kurds need to be separated.  Right now, we are telling these people to form a government with each other and to do so in a civilized manner.  To put that in American terms, that would be like telling the KKK and the Bloods & Crips to join forces and form a stable and cohesive government.  It's just not going to happen.


It remains to be seen what James Baker will say in his report, but I am not getting my hopes up.  He is a political person who served under Bush Sr. and his report will be skewed to a political perspective.  It is supposedly a bi-partisan report, but that usually means that nothing concrete is recommended.


What we need are real solutions from the civilian leadership and we need them now.  This procrastination is simply getting more people killed.


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