After weeks of anticipation, the Baker-Hamilton Report (Report) was released last week with two major recommendations of calling for the U.S. forces to leave Iraq much sooner rather than later and the U.S. to hold direct talks with Iran and Syria.
While pundits have supported and dismissed various recommendations of the Report, former Secretary of State Baker has stated that all recommendations of the Report should be implemented as a whole and one can not pick and choose certain recommendations.
What? Are you kidding me? So at the end of the day what new recommendations did the Report offer? Does anyone know? Do Mr. Baker and Mr. Hamilton even know?
The President has already said that troops will not leave in 2007 and talks with both Syria and Iran are on hold for the near future. He even went further to say that talks with Iran is contingent upon them stopping uranium enrichment. What kind of nonsense is this? His Administration has always treated the issues separately and has strongly criticized any notion of bringing up the nuclear issue during talks about Iraq.
The Administration is in no hurry to announce its policy changes regarding Iraq based on the Report until next year and of course, the Democrats are all silent now that they have won both houses of Congress. They don't want to rock the boat until 2008. Great!
So we are basically exactly where we started.
Let me know what you think.