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Dueling Views on Diplomacy Pit Baker Against Rice

Posted by alanmirs on December 8, 2006

Published: December 8, 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 — Many of the blistering critiques of the Bush administration contained in the Iraq Study Group’s report boil down to this: the differing worldviews of Baker versus Rice.

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President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain held a news conference at the White House, during which Mr. Bush discussed the recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group.

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Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III was the architect of the “new diplomatic offensive” in the Middle East that the commission recommended Wednesday as one of its main prescriptions for extracting the country from the mess in Iraq. Ever since, he has been talking on television, to Congress and to Iraqis and foreign diplomats about how he would conduct American foreign policy differently. Very differently.



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