Sunday, December 10, 2006

“Rich Americans Studying Iraq from Afar” Report Not Going Over in Iraq

The Iraqi Study Group led by James Baker and Lee Hamilton failed to include any customers in their ranks. Early signs show many Iraqi leaders unhappy with the recommendation made by the rich Americans with significant business connections.

While the Prime Minister is yet to weigh in, the Iraqi President called the report’s recommendations dangerous; stated they would undermine his country’s sovereignty, and were “an insult to the people of Iraq.” The news reported Sunni Arabs agree with the assessment of their country’s problems, but not the proposals to fix them.

The President of the Kurdish region objected to recommendations on sharing oil wealth, reinstating Saddam loyalists in their old government jobs, and seeking help from neighbors in solving the country’s problems. Even the De-Baathification commission panned the report’s assessment that purging the government of Saddam supporters robbed the country of professionals. What role has 3 years of violence played in driving professionals, doctors, dentists, and educators out of the country?

Guess who rallied to support the RASIFA report? Syria! Their ruling party suggests the White House acting on the report could reduce hatred for the U.S. in the region. President Bush couldn’t have written a better script…

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