No Magic Formula

By: AP
By: AP

It's come up with 79 recommendations. But a
co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group warns there's "no magic
formula" to solve the problems in Iraq.

James Baker says staying the course is "no longer viable,"
though he warns a quick U.S. withdrawal would invite a wider
regional war.

After presenting the report to President Bush, Baker and
co-chair Lee Hamilton spoke at a news conference, where Hamilton
said combat forces have to be moved out "responsibly." By early
2008, the panel thinks some U-S combat brigades could be gone.

But American troops would still be there, and Hamilton says a
key mission should be targeting AL-Qaida in Iraq.

The group is also urging a diplomatic effort, including Syria
and Iran, something Bush has opposed.

Hamilton says that while all options aren't exhausted, he warns
there are no guarantees in stopping "a slide toward chaos."


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