Congress to "investigate" Iraq War

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Congress to "investigate" Iraq War

Postby nomo » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:52 pm

<!--EZCODE ITALIC START--><em>Wow. And not a moment too soon!<br>Check out some of those names.<br>This is going to be a real thorough study!<br></em><!--EZCODE ITALIC END--><br><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=""></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br>Congress forms panel to study Iraq war<br>Panel to recommend Iraq policy to Congress, White House<br><br>From Ted Barrett<br>CNN Washington Bureau<br><br>Wednesday, March 15, 2006; Posted: 2:43 p.m. EST (19:43 GMT)<br><br>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congress unveiled an independent panel on Wednesday assigned to study the U.S.-led war in Iraq and to make policy recommendations for both Capitol Hill and the White House.<br><br>The bipartisan Iraq Study Group -- led by former Secretary of State <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>James Baker</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, a Republican, and former Democratic congressman <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Lee Hamilton</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> -- is designed to focus "fresh eyes" on the war debate from people who "love their country more than their party," said Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Virginia, during a Capitol Hill news conference.<br><br>Wolf -- who first proposed creating the group -- said he has had "extensive conversations" with the White House about the need for such an assessment.<br><br>He wants a "second opinion" about the war from a well-known and respected group of Americans -- all of whom long involved in public service.<br><br>Wolf wants them to say whether the war is going well or poorly and to explain the ramifications if the U.S. mission were to fail, said Dan Scandling, a top aide to Wolf.<br><br>"Our purpose is to undertake a bipartisan, forward-looking assessment of the current and prospective situation on the ground in Iraq and its impact on the surrounding region, and its consequences on United States interests," said Baker, who served as the country's top diplomat in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.<br><br>The group will focus on the political, military, security and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.<br><br>"There is no issue confronting our nation, the coalition of nations working with us, and indeed the free world, than to try and bring back a measure of stability and peace to this troubled region of the world, Iraq," said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, also a Virginia Republican.<br><br>Baker and <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat who also co-chaired the independent 9/11 commission</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END-->, declined to give their views on the Iraq war.<br><br>Hamilton called Iraq a "formidable challenge" but said, "We make no judgment right now."<br><br>The group will be made up of five Republicans and five Democrats.<br><br>They include: <!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>former CIA Director Robert Gates; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican; former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan; former Clinton Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; former Clinton administration Defense Secretary William Perry; former Democratic Sen. Chuck Robb; and Alan Simpson, a Republican former senator from Wyoming.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>Panel members said another prominent Republican will join the group but declined to say who it is. A congressional Democratic leadership aide identified that person as retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.<br><br>Hamilton said the group will travel to Iraq and may produce interim reports before issuing a final report but he declined to give a timeframe for release of those reports. He said the group would make every effort to reach bipartisan recommendations.<br><br>Wolf said Congress will appropriate $1.3 million to fund the group, which will work under the auspices of the congressionally chartered U.S. Institute for Peace and three think tanks.<br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Congress to "investigate" Iraq War

Postby CyberChrist » Wed Mar 15, 2006 6:55 pm

Are you kidding me? James Baker?<br><br>He is the guy that was in Florida during the 2000 elections and making sure that Bush got the election. <br><br>And Hamilton chaired the 9/11 Comission, which came out with their ridiculous report. It should have been called "The 9/11 Omission Report".<br><br>This is going to do nothing but absolve the admninistration from any wrong doing. Let's not be naive and get excited about them ramming us with bullshit and coverups once again, please.<br><br> <p>--<br>CyberChrist<br><br>My brain is hung like a horse.</p><i></i>
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Postby Ted the dog » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:12 pm

jesus...what a joke. that's just offensive. <p></p><i></i>
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Postby HMKGrey » Wed Mar 15, 2006 7:45 pm

So, let's see here:<br><br>9/11 Report budget: $4m <br><br>This Iraq War Comedy Investigation budget: $1.3m <br><br>Ken Starr, investigating Clinton: $40m <br><br>It's obscene. That's the only word I can come up with. <br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Postby antiaristo » Wed Mar 15, 2006 8:53 pm

Look at the people involved.<br>This is bi-partisan?<br><br>It's "republicans" that answer to George H W Bush.<br>And "Democrats" that answer to William J Clinton.<br><br>Both Bush and Clinton answer to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.<br>Both have been knighted.<br>Both have sworn oaths of alleigance.<br><br>Can NOBODY see the lady behind the curtain???? <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Congress to "investigate" Iraq War

Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Wed Mar 15, 2006 9:59 pm

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>He wants a "second opinion" about the war from a well-known and respected group of Americans<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>Try the American people. If their line is busy, ask the NSA what they are saying.<br><br> <p></p><i></i>
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Re: Congress to "investigate" Iraq War

Postby NewKid » Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:43 pm

<!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>He wants a "second opinion" about the war from a well-known and respected group of Americans -- all of whom long involved in public service.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br><br>okay.<br> <p></p><i></i>
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