BAKER COMMISSION UPDATE….I haven’t blogged about all the recent rumors and leaks surrounding the Baker Commission on Iraq, but the LA Times has a pretty good roundup today if you want to catch up. Or you might want to skip the whole thing based on this quote:
An administration official was skeptical that the panel would uncover new policy options, but said the White House would welcome ideas.
“If an independent group like the Baker panel can come up with some good ideas, we’re all for it,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because his comment had not been approved.
In other words, write all the reports you want. Just don’t count on us taking any of your advice. After all, James Baker may think it’s a good idea to talk to Iran and Syria, but do you really think the reason the Bush administration hasn’t done this is because the idea simply hasn’t occurred to them?