The ISG report offered both military and diplomatic proposals. ABC's Jonathan Karl (subscription required) was struck by the sweep of the latter. Diplomacy with Iran and Syria and talks with Mahdi Army militia leader Muqtada al-Sadr would represent "a complete overhaul of US foreign policy in the Middle East." He zinged the State Department for its staffing of the embassy in Baghdad. Of 1,000 Americans working there, "six speak Arabic fluently."
CBS' Jim Axelrod also picked up on the Iran-Syria proposal. He reported that the supposed allies are backing different sides in Iraq's burgeoning civil war: "Iran is believed to fund and arm Shiite militias; Syria supports the Sunnis."
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