Well, they’ve finally come out and stated the obvious: Iraq is a mess, one that, our behest, has created instability in the region. We have days, not months to take our heads out of the sand and change course.
Their laundry list of recommendations contains few things that are new – most of it is so common-sense that you wonder why it hasn’t been policy all along.
We already know that people on both sides are going to criticize the report as either going too far or not far enough. The question that remains to be seen is whether those that say that the MEDIA is responsible for making Iraq seem worse than it really is (the “I’ve got friends over there and they tell me things are a lot better than CNN reports” argument) will continue to willfully ignore the facts.
The first step to solving any problem is (according to AA) to admit you have one.
The thing that I was impressed with the most about this group of elder statesmen was their ability to bridge partisan divide and the desire for short-term political advantage, and come up with 79 recommendations that they unanimously supported.
If nothing else, that shows the rest of us that when serious people get together to solve a serious problem, statesmanship is still possible.