The pundits of past diplomacy and administrations are still attempting relevancy. Yes, their own relevance, specifically by staying involved in matters well left to others.
Like it or not the situation in Iraq is not going away soon but James Baker and Lee Hamilton have created a stir with the "Iraq Study Group" in a weak attempt at recommending alternatives to the war on terror but more specifically the unrest and bloodshed in Iraq.
Hamilton and Baker are joined by Lawrence Eagleburger (replacing soon to be Secretary of Defense, William Gates), a career diplomat, Vernon Jordan, former advisor to Bill Clinton and lawyer, Edwin Meese, former Reagan Attorney General, Sandra Day O'Connor, recently retired Supreme Court Justice, Leon Panetta, former Clinton Chief of Staff, William J. Perry, former Clinton Secretary of Defense, Charles S. Robb, former Lt. Gov. of Virginia and currently a law professor, Alan Simpson, former Senator from Wyoming.
All very distinguished in their own right it seems most members of the Iraq Study Group don't have the specific experience with matters concerning terrorism, war and military operations. Yet they are at the forefront of putting together a "plan" to extinguish the United States from Iraq.
It has been noted from others on staff or advisory capacity to this group there is considerable disagreement on the prescribed remedy to the "Iraq problem." The panel is made up of too many Clintonites, diplomats and lawyers for starters.
The subject of this oratory, "Lebanese Blood, Syrian Hand", requires us to address the James Baker history in the Middle East and his feckless recommendations, which ultimately sustain dictatorships and tyrants. The Baker solution usually involves placating murderous regimes to calm possible unrest and never removing regimes or providing citizens with a Democratic choice in matter.
Baker has recently stated when it comes to diplomacy, you don't "restrict your conversations to your friends", code for a need to discuss matters with Iran and Syria. The problem is Syria has blood all over itself in Lebanon and Iraq. Iran has helped feed the insurgency in Iraq with bomb making, IED's and homegrown terrorist who stream over the Iraqi borders.
The recent murder of Lebanese Minister Pierre Gemayel should remind Mr. Baker and his Iraq Study Group what some of those "non-friends" are all about. The word "enemy" and phrase "not in our best interest" should come to mind. Let us look at a list of Iranian backed Syrian projects in Lebanon:
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, was blown up with 22 others in February 2005.
Journalist Samir Kassir was blown up by a car bomb in June 2005.
Three weeks later, politician George Hawi was killed by a car bomb three weeks after Kassir.
Defense Minister Elias Murr narrowly survived a car bombing.
In September 2005, TV anchorwoman May Chidiac lost her left leg and arm in a car-bombing.
Three months later, Gibran Tueni, a former publisher and editor of the An-Nahar newspaper, was killed by a car bomb.
Six pro-Syrian politicians in the Lebanese cabinet recently resigned en masse in an attempt to cripple the government.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has been threatening huge demonstrations to bring down the anti-Syrian Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
Mr. Baker hasn't been specific about diplomacy with Syria and Iran but sleeping with the enemy doesn't seem like a valid path to peace without selling our soul to the devil first.