Written December 10, 2006
Let Congress, the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch of our government rejoice (and do a bit of learning while they’re at it); the 10-member Iraq Study Group has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that a bipartisan effort by a group of people with a wide range of political views is possible!
Whether you agree with ISG’s report or not, they are a lesson in democracy. Any American not proud of their effort ought to hang their heads in shame. The last time I saw something like this was the Watergate Committee so many years ago now. Like the ISG, you could not discern the political party of the Watergate Committee member when they worked. Why? Because they were putting the welfare of the country first, which is, in my view, is exactly what the ISG did.
Just ponder the composition of the ISG: James A. Baker III, Lee H. Hamilton, Lawrence S. Eagleburger, Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Edwin Meese III , Sandra Day O’Connor, Leon E. Panetta, William J. Perry, Charles S. Robb, and Alan K. Simpson; a diverse group to be sure.
When the ISG presented their report to the country, I was moved to tears. Here was a group of Americans who refused to fire rounds at past mistakes. Here was a group of Americans who stayed loyal to a “look forward” attitude. Here was a group of Americans that refused to be pulled off course by some media questions that reeked of one political agenda or another. Here was a group of Americans that put their country first and unanimously agreed on 79 points. If only the Congress, the Executive Branch and the Judicial Branch would do that, imagine how the country would benefit.
Naturally, after the ISG issued their report, there were predictable responses from political slugs like Rush Limbaugh and the New York Post. Then again, Limbaugh and the New York Post really do have value; they remind us this is a free country and all views have their place. Limbaugh and the New York Post offer views that prove there is no relationship between hate and solution. The ISG, agree with their report or not, remind all Americans that what makes this country great, democracy, is still alive and well.