From a reader:
By and large the coverage at NRO of the Iraq Study Group has been excellent but in concentrating on the actual report I think what is being overlooked is that the mere existence of such a public group and report in this context screams weakness. It is like a job candidate with a reputation for being a flake arriving a half hour late for the interview. What is then said in the interview is practically irrelevant. Whatever strong and defiant sections you find in the report are undercut by the fact that a group of this kind was publicly convened and its report was openly shared. A great and strong power, intent on winning, would never operate in this manner.
And that Jim Baker should not only think but state PUBLICLY(!!!!) that if Syria cooperates we’d get the Golan Heights back for them is the kind of nonsense on stilts that you’d expect from a gormless popinjay.