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President George W. Bush (C) speaks to the press after receiving the official report of the Iraq Study Group in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, December 6, 2006.

AP: Panel: Try diplomacy in Iraq, then leave

The United States faces a “grave and deteriorating” situation after nearly four years of war in
Iraq, a high-level commission warned bluntly on Wednesday, prodding President Bush to launch a diplomatic offensive to stabilize the country and allow withdrawal of most combat troops by early 2008.

“There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved,” the commission said after its review of a war that has taken the lives of more than 2,900 U.S. troops and grown so unpopular at home that it helped trigger a Democratic takeover of Congress in last month’s elections.

The commission recommended the United States reduce “political, military or economic support” for Iraq if the government in Baghdad cannot make substantial progress toward providing for its own security. Portions of the report were obtained by The Associated Press.

President Bush received the report in an early morning meeting at the White House with commission members. He pledged to treat each proposal seriously and act in a “timely fashion.”

The Iraq Study Group Website is here.

The Iraq Study Group Report is here.

Flap has four words:

OLD (No member under the age of 67)

APPEASERS

HASBEENS

REJECTED

Note the word VICTORY does not appear in the report.

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  • Richard Renta

    Does it concern anyone besides myself, that the President of our country needs a panel to tell him that things are going in the right direction in Iraq? Cheez…a 6 year old could evaluate the situation and see that something is terribly wrong. Forget about the question, should we have gone there in the first place or not, we are there and we are failing miserably. Hopefully, we will not have to wait for the next President to correct a horrible mistake that has cost thousands of lives and an untold amount of human hardship.

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