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Here comes that new direction:
The bipartisan Iraq Study Group reached a consensus on Wednesday on a final report that will call for a gradual pullback of the 15 American combat brigades now in Iraq but stop short of setting a firm timetable for their withdrawal, according to people familiar with the panel’s deliberations.That sounds like a 360-degree about face to me.
The report, unanimously approved by the 10-member panel, led by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, is to be delivered to President Bush next week. It is a compromise between distinct paths that the group has debated since March, avoiding a specific timetable, which has been opposed by Mr. Bush, but making it clear that the American troop commitment should not be open-ended. The recommendations of the group, formed at the request of members of Congress, are nonbinding.
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously renewed the mandate of the U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq through the end of 2007, granting a request from the Baghdad government.Guess we won't be seeing this soon:
Using money, weapons or its oil power, Saudi Arabia will intervene to prevent Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias from massacring Iraqi Sunni Muslims once the United States begins pulling out of Iraq, a security adviser to the Saudi government said on Wednesday.
"To be sure, Saudi engagement in Iraq carries great risks -- it could spark a regional war. So be it: The consequences of inaction are far worse," Obaid said.
The Saudis might be better used in calling of the Sunnis. Most of them are Sunnis after all.Posted by davod at November 30, 2006 02:08 PM
These mindless morons braying the montra will see what a real civil war looks like if the Americans retire from the field.
The irresponsibility of the leftist press is staggering. I suggest they be held for crimes against humanity for their part in the retreat and subsequent bloodbath that is sure to follow.Posted by Brad at November 30, 2006 05:55 PM
perhaps I am confused: a 360 degree turn brings you back to the original heading. An about face is a 180 degree manuever in the opposite direction. Is it 360, a 180 degree about face, or two About faces? or something else all together?Posted by confused at December 1, 2006 02:52 AM
We are going to end up going in a "new direction" that is the same direction we were going in before, except it will be new. Hope this clarifies.Posted by Greyhawk at December 1, 2006 03:17 AM
It seems pretty clear that this ISG report will be a big serving of mush, nothing dramatic and no brilliant ideas.
Of course, there may not be any brilliant ideas available.Posted by observer 5 at December 2, 2006 03:06 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(5) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)