as everyone by now no doubt is aware, the iraq study group report is out. it is in pdf format- so you know. i skimmed through most of it- it is about 100 or so pages. i saw a bit of the press conference on cnn at the laundromat- and what immediately struck was--- it was old white guys making decisions again. no women on the panel and not one person who has a direct stake in it was represented. now, the case could be made that this panel was for american interests and the report is about what america should do in the situation. until--- you read the report. yep- it's about what america should do and what iraq should do- and pretty much all of the same players as always. what struck me about the recommendations was-- all of them were what people were telliing the moron brigade to do BEFORE the invasion. yep. regional involvement; united nations involvement; diplomacy was a recurring recommendation. huh. imagine that. direct dialogue and incentives- not just decentives- with and for iran and syria. huh. imagine that. the israel-arab conflict needs to be resolved. huh. imagine that. my personal thought is that they weren't hard enough on the israelis but i think that i am in the minority. my other thought was we are still too involved in the whole process and israel is still not being held as accountable as i think that they should be. fairness is not a western world strong point. so- i doubt that the moron brigade is going to adhere to much of the report. they will drag their feet as they did with the 9/11 commission's report and recommendations. overall, the report seemed like common sense. it was all of the things bushco refused to do and outright went out of their way not to do in the first place. take a skim through. you will see what i mean.