Baker’s Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory according to the New York Sun. Leaked policy papers suggest the panel is considering either stabilizing Baghdad while working toward political accommodation with insurgents, or a strategy of redeploying troops out of Iraq. The latter plan sounds not unlike what John Murtha and others have been advocating for some time now, and what polls show the public favors.
The most interesting thing was a comment by a member of the panel about a distinction Baker has been drawing between promoting democracy and advocating “representative government”:
“Baker wants to believe that Sunni dictators in Sunni majority states are representative,” the group member, who requested anonymity, said.
This is our new plan, apparently. We’ve abandoned the possibility of promoting democracy, and instead we’ll ensure that our dictators are of the right religious sect.