The end is coming
George, we have a nice bed for you
back home. It's time to go
Baker, Bush Family Fixer, Will Advise President on Iraq
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN
Published: April 24, 2006
WASHINGTON, April 23 — In the late 1960's, an anguished President Lyndon B. Johnson sought advice from a respected elder statesman on the Vietnam quagmire. In part because of the private counsel of former Secretary of State Dean Acheson, a onetime hawk turned skeptic on the war, Johnson shifted course in 1968, halting the bombing of North Vietnam and announcing that he would not run for re-election.
The analogy is far from perfect, but Republicans and Democrats are seeing parallels between the quiet designation last month of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III to head up a Congressionally mandated effort to generate new ideas on Iraq and the role of Acheson, who served under President Harry S. Truman.
Mr. Baker, a longtime confidant of the first President Bush who has maintained a close but complicated relationship with the current president, plans to travel to Baghdad and the region to meet with heads of state on a fact-finding mission that officials say was encouraged by both father and son and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
"If you had a health problem, you'd want somebody to give you a second opinion," said Representative Frank R. Wolf, an influential Virginia Republican who helped recruit Mr. Baker for the job. "What the United States needs on Iraq is some fresh ideas from people able to speak out, and no one is more qualified to do that than Jim Baker."
Wolf is delusional if he didn't think Poppy and Bar went to Jim Baker and told him to do this. This is another sign that Rove may be on the way out. Baker is going to be told that the US has to leave Iraq to save it. That the US presence is fueling the insurgency and hositlities with Iran will send it over the edge. He will also find out from the Turks that the are sick of the PUK and KDP turning a blind eye or even helping the PKK in Turkey.
This is the last ditch effort to tell Bush it's time to go before the next Congress says we go.
It's time for Bush to face his failure and Jim Baker is the agent of that.
posted by Steve @ 1:23:00 PM