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This historic 2006 document analyzes and makes recommendations for United States foreign policy in Iraq. Published in the midst of the "grave and deteriorating" war that America was waging in the Middle East, The Iraq Study Report aimed to "bring a responsible conclusion" to that Bush-era conflict. The success of this audiobook can be attributed both to its bipartisan authors, who aimed to reach world leaders as well as a general audience, and to the exceedingly accessible voice of Stow Lovejoy. Lovejoy brings an amiable, upbeat tone to content that often sounds catastrophic. One could say that as far as politics is concerned, his performance embodies the old idiom "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".
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FREE to all Audible visitors until December 20th.After nine months of examining and analyzing U.S. military involvement in Iraq, the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group issued this report on Dec. 6, 2006. The report calls the situation in Iraq "grave and deteriorating" and says, "There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved". The report makes a wide-ranging series of 79 recommendations for political, diplomatic, economic, and military action so the U.S. can "begin to move its combat forces" out of Iraq.The co-chairs of the Iraq Study Group were James A. Baker III, who served Pres. Reagan as Secretary of the Treasury and White House Chief of Staff, and Pres. George H.W. Bush as Secretary of State; and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, a Democrat who served in Congress for 34 years. Democratic members of the Study Group included former Secretary of Defense William Perry; former Governor and Senator Charles S. Robb; former Congressman and White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta; and Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., advisor to Pres. Clinton. Republican members included former Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor; former Sen. Alan K. Simpson; former Attorney General Edwin Meese III; and former Secretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger. (Former CIA Director Robert Gates was an active member for a period of months until his nomination as Secretary of Defense.)Four organizations participated in preparing the report: United States Institute of Peace; James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University; Center for the Study of the Presidency; and Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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4 out of 5 stars
By William on 19-12-06

Sound advice, but too much

The Iraq study group report offers much good advice on how to address the problems currently plaguing the reconsruction effort. Seventy-nine recommendations, however, are simply too many to consider. It is highly unlikely that either the United States or the Iraqi government has the necessary resources to implement all of these recommendations. As mentioned in the report there should be honest and open discussion of the budgetary requirements involved in rebuilding Iraq on the part of the United States. Also, the United States should engage other Middle Eastern countries more directly in soliciting help for rebuiliding Iraq. Countries like Iran should be given the opportunity to deny the U.S. request, if only for the purpose of reducing their own standing in the global community. Lastly, the United States must work to rebuild the military and repair the damage done to the relationship between civilian leaders and the military in the United States.

Bottomline: This report is worth consideration and offers a good starting point for further discussion.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ty on 16-12-06

Fantasy

Well informed and practical solutions. Too bad that Bush is not smart enough to implement it and that Iraqis are not civilized enough to adopt it and make their lives better.

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