From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]

The Iraq Study Group Report

With a running conversation in the margins. Commenting will be opened
to the public around the time of President Bush’s Iraq strategy speech
in January.

“I hope we don’t treat this as a fruit salad,
and say, ‘I like this but I don’t like that.'”
-James A. Baker III

We’ve opened up the report to a quorum of informed sources both foreign
and domestic, asking them for notes, commentaries and corrections at
any point in the proceedings that incites them to further clarification
or forthright translation into plain English. The respondents are free
to address any one of the seventy-nine recommendations, to doubt an
assertion or deconstruct a paragraph, to bring to bear an historical
perspective on an opaque sentence or a clichéd chapter heading, to
lend the ballast of their collective marginalia to the hot air balloon
of a text sorely in need of tethering to the ground of common sense and
geopolitical reality.
-Lewis Lapham

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