The other major Iraq development was breaking in Washington as the proposals by the Iraq Study Group began to leak out. Its timeline for a transition in the US role "from combat to support" in Iraq, as CBS' David Martin put it, was longer than al-Maliki's--16 months from now not seven months. The ISG is chaired by former Secretary of State James Baker and ABC's Jonathan Karl pointed out that the majority of its proposals were diplomatic not military. NBC's Andrea Mitchell noted that the only way the ISG's recommendations could be unanimous was by "watering it down, frankly." The report could give the President "a parachute, a way out--if he is willing to use it."
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