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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2006
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Iraq study group report paints a gloomy picture

The long-awaited report from the bi-partisan commission on Iraq did more to apprise the American people of the war status than to offer solutions.

The commission was firm in its belief that present policy is not working. It also said the situation is "grave and deteriorating." It warns of chaos that could topple Iraq's government and create a humanitarian catastrophe.

The commission could have been more direct in its criticism of the Pentagon and accused the top brass of lying about the level of violence wracking Iraq. Instead, the report used the phrase "significant underreporting."

The commission has no magic formula for ending the war. Its best suggestion is to train more Iraqis to quell the violence, but that policy is already in the works.

The commission sees no merit in either a rapid pullout of troops or from having an open-ended commitment to a large deployment. It wants most troops out of Iraq by early 2008.

The commission's report confirms public sentiment about the war that voters expressed at the polls Nov. 7.

Maybe the Bush administration will get the messages.

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