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DNC: Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice; G.O.P.'s Baker Hints Iraq Plan Needs Change

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Today in Iraq: The Latest News From the President's War of Choice
G.O.P.'s Baker Hints Iraq Plan Needs Change

Washington, DC - Today's Washington Post reports that James A. Baker III, co-chairman of the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group, said Sunday that the panel would not recommend that the U.S. stay the course in Iraq. This statement comes days after Sen. John Warner, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that the U.S. needs to re-evaluate the current strategy in Iraq and may need to change course. Democrats believe we need a new direction in Iraq that is both tough and smart.

G.O.P.'s Baker Hints Iraq Plan Needs Change
By DAVID E. SANGER
The New York Times
October 9, 2006

"James A. Baker III, the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan panel reassessing Iraq strategy for President Bush, said Sunday that he expected the panel would depart from Mr. Bush's repeated calls to 'stay the course,' and he strongly suggested that the White House enter direct talks with countries it had so far kept at arm's length, including Iran and Syria....

"His comments Sunday offered the first glimmer of what other members of his study group, in interviews over the past two weeks, have described as an effort to find a politically face-saving way for Mr. Bush slowly to extract the United States from the war. 'I think it's fair to say our commission believes that there are alternatives between the stated alternatives, the ones that are out there in the political debate, of 'stay the course' and 'cut and run,' ' Mr. Baker said....

"In interviews, members of the study group have privately expressed concern that within months, whatever course the group recommended could be overtaken by the chaos in Iraq. 'I think the big question is whether we can come up with something before it's too late,' one member said late last month, after the group had met in Washington to assess its conclusions after a trip to Baghdad. 'There's a real sense that the clock is ticking, that Bush is desperate for a change, but no one in the White House can bring themselves to say so with this election coming.'..."

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From the Democratic National Committee, www.democrats.org


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