New York Times: Senators resurrect Iraq Study Group report
As the New York Times reports, senators from both major parties are revisiting the Iraq Study Group report, released in December 2006 to propose a change of course in the war, but largely ignored by President Bush.
The effort has rekindled interest in the findings of the study group, which was led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a Republican, and former Representative Lee H. Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat, including the prospect of aggressive diplomatic efforts involving Iran and Syria, while also fueling debate over whether the report is now outdated.
Supporters of the study group plan say that it has the best chance, of the many war proposals ricocheting around Capitol Hill, of unifying Democrats intent on forcing the administration to shift its war strategy and Republicans who have criticized the president but so far refused to vote against him.
“It’s a chance for a fresh start,” said Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, who with Senator Ken Salazar, a Colorado Democrat, is leading the push to adopt the group’s proposals. “At least we would have a direction.”
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