Thursday, December 07, 2006

Deconstructing the Iraqi Study Group

Eliot Cohen of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations does a nice job of deconstructing the Iraq Study Group in today's Wall Street Journal. Alas, it's not online, but here's a sample:

'A fatuous process yields, necessarily, fatuous results. "Iraq's neighbors are not doing enough to help Iraq achieve stability"--a statement only somewhat ameliorated by the admission that some are even "undercutting stability," which sounds as though Syria and Iran were being downright rude, rather than providing indispensable assistance to those who have filled the burn wards of Walter Reed, the morgue in Baghdad, and the cemetery at Arlington'.

Evidently the WSJ editors found Prof. Cohen's assessment too harsh on the Bush administration and the Republican congress of recent memory. There is a related editorial online.

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