Monday, October 09, 2006

James Baker, a longtime Bush family ally and advisor, will reportedly recommend a best-case option for Iraq that is quite different from GW's bankrupt "stay the course" line:
U.S. troops engaged in ferocious clashes with militiamen loyal to anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in southern Iraq on Sunday, ratcheting up tensions between two of the most powerful forces in the country.

The pre-dawn battles in the city of Diwaniyah, where the U.S. military said American and Iraqi forces killed 30 fighters, come amid growing concern by senior U.S. officials that the Iraqi government lacks the political will to tackle the militias and death squads threatening to plunge the country into civil war.
In Washington, James A. Baker III, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan commission tasked by Congress with assessing U.S. options in Iraq, suggested that the panel would recommend a departure from President Bush's calls to "stay the course."
Along with Brent Scowcroft, who said Iraq is a "failing venture," we can now include another close Bush family associate as one who has decided to part ways with GW's strident, doomed position. But of course, Baker's announcement is expected not to come until after the November elections.

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