Watching the Iraq Study Group story unfold (the WSJ has the Group’s executive summary online) I remember one question* which has rattled around my head since this thing began: which Bush does James Baker serve? Recall that Baker doesn’t do impartial policy analysis. He’s the Bush family fixer. Harvey Keitel from Pulp Fiction. Baker serves the country only insofar as serving the country helps the next Bush offspring move up the government ladder. Also keep in mind that Poppy and Junior’s positions on this war are more or less diametrically opposed so it would be hard for Baker to serve them both. Further, in Poppy’s view (in private at least) Junior could use some straightening up.
The answer seems to be that Baker serves dad.
Read more about the ISG’s recommendations here and here. As I said below, don’t expect this to have any direct impact on the Bush admin. Rather Baker’s group has made cool the kind of talk that once drove war boosters like Jean Schmidt to call a critic like John Murtha a coward and a traitor.
You can’t always get what you want. But for Bush the political impacts from such a dramatic narrative shift could be enormous, and crippling.
(*) One more question – where is Tammy Faye in all of this?