Tuesday September 22, 2020

Iraq Study Group finds no easy way out

Great expectations clashed with grey reality once again in Washington last week. Hopes were high in some quarters seven days ago that the Iraq Study Group (ISG) would provide a credible map for how the United States might begin to extricate itself fr

9th December, 2006

Some observers asserted that the group’s findings would provide cover for a forthcoming dramatic change in course by President George W Bush. Both expectations seem to have been confounded, albeit to varying degrees. The ISG could hardly be faulted for failing to offer a magical panacea for Iraq’s ills, but its findings were widely criticised as primarily reflecting a desire to establish a consensus between the group’s Democratic and Republican members. Some members of the...

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