AUSTIN BAY ON THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP:
The Baker-Hamilton study group will not produce any new thinking. The U.S. military has analyzed and gamed every course of action, including cut and run. For that matter, it gamed â€œnon-interventionâ€ in Iraq as well. . . .
If we are lucky, the Baker-Hamilton magic show will drop a scarf over the top hat and with a the â€poofâ€ of a New York Times headline produce a â€œunifyingâ€ policy of words that will let the Democrats join the war, despite the howls of their blogosphere nutsroots.
Then the military will continue to do what itâ€™s been doing in Iraq and Afghanistan and the new Iraqi government will continue to learn by doing â€” and in the ordeal of war that will mean learn by bleeding, suffering, and sweating.
If we are lucky.