Monday, April 24, 2006

Alert readers read about the new Iraq Study Group here several weeks ago, but this NYT article does provide a good overview of members and goals

Baker, Bush Family Fixer, Will Advise President on Iraq - New York Times: "Two officials involved in setting up the study group, who were granted anonymity because they did not want to be associated with criticism of Ms. Rice, said she resisted it and was unimpressed with its potential to come up with alternatives to what the administration had already been doing.

But Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said Ms. Rice was enthusiastic and is 'going to make sure that the State Department provides everything they need to complete their work.'

The Iraq Study Group is receiving funds from Congress with the help of Mr. Wolf, who is chairman of the appropriations subcommittee in the House that controls the budget of the State Department. The group has several subgroups, including a set of retired military commanders."

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