6,919. 12/6/2006

The Iraq Study Group (ISG), a bipartisan panel appointed by Congress to assess and make recommendations regarding the situation in Iraq, released its report on December 6, 2006. “The report said, ‘The primary mission of U.S. forces in Iraq should evolve to one of supporting the Iraqi army. …By the first quarter of 2008, subject to unexpected developments in the security situation on the ground, all combat brigades not necessary for force protection could be out of Iraq.’ …One of ISG’s seventy-nine recommendations also read in part, ‘We could…support a short-term redeployment or surge of American combat forces to stabilize Baghdad, or to speed up the training and equipping mission, if the U.S. commander in Iraq determines that such steps would be effective.’ ”

 – Karl Rove, Courage and Consequence, Page 479

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