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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
  Iraq's future

Another C-SPAN program I want to recommend the Sen. Foreign Relations Cmte Hearing on the Future of Iraq.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets to discuss the future of Iraq. Witnesses include: Anthony Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Retired Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, former commander in chief, U.S. Central Command; Phebe Marr, former senior fellow, National Defense University; and Larry Diamond, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford, Calif."
It appears that once you are retired, or hold no political office, you can tell the truth at a committee hearing. This panel provided what I think is the most accurate assessment of the current situation, the current difficulties, and future difficulties. But, they also appeared to provide some reasoned advice on how to move forward in the process of handing the Iraqi people back their government for 'the first time since...1956(?)'.

Also, Chairman of the committee Sen Lugar (R - IN) and ranking member Sen Biden (D - DE) apparently can conduct a hearing that is far less acrimonious than most of the hearings I catch. They also seem to be looking for a way to succeed in Iraq, and not just bent on 'staying the course'.

Truly, if you want what appears to be a reasoned view of Iraq, you should check this one out. 
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