Baker and Hamilton Support the Surge…

…and, in fact, their Iraq Study Group document always has, according to this report from the Weekly Standard’s international affairs weblog

Earlier today, James Baker endorsed President Bush’s plan to surge troops into Baghdad, as did Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the bipartisan Iraq Study Group with Baker. Baker told the Senate Foreign Relation Committee that “the president’s plan ought to be given a chance . . . Just give it a chance.” Said Hamilton, “If we can put this together there is a chance we can reasonably succeed. But we realize that is a very, very daunting challenge.”
The Iraq Study Group’s final report did recommend “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.”

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