Iraq Study Group
The Iraq Study Group report is out and from the little I've had to take a look at it, nothing seems earth shattering. After browsing through the executive summary I went back to a post I wrote a year and a half ago on what I wanted Bush to address in his Iraq policy.
Not to pat myself on the back, but I have to say I'm a little surprised that my ten minute blurb overlaps at least a little with the executive summary. Specifically, I mentioned a year and a half ago that we needed to get a regional discussion going and have Iraq's neighbors secure their borders. I even mentioned the need to address Iran's nuclear program in the context of Iraq. In terms of reconstruction, I mentioned that "A timeframe will be set for the completion of all vital projects in conjunction with regional stability." Not word for word, but kinda close. The ISG mentions that there should be some flexibility in time frame for the milestones, which I also mentioned--seems common sense to me.
I think everything the ISG is coming out with should have been addressed a long time ago. If the administration couldn't come up with it on their own, they should have sent this group out years ago. Hell, if you're going to start a war, you should have had this information BEFORE you went in. I don't think the president should be praised for this. It should have been known by now. You don't undertake a big "project" without having a detailed plan to get it done as quickly and effectively as possible. I get a little sick thinking that the president is getting credit for something he should have done years earlier and after many soldiers and Iraqi civilians died. Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.