Blackfive points out some of the absurdities of the ISG report, especially all the points where they assume Israel will blithely make damaging concessions to help us dig out of our hole.
Baker and Company went ahead and offered (16) Syria the Golan Heights in exchange (15) for various easily reversible and completely unenforceable concessions on their part including withdrawing support from Hizballah, cooperating in the investigation of their involvement with the Hariri and Gemayel assassinations, and refraining from interfering in Lebanon. In case you do not know, that location is a geographical high ground that if occupied by a hostile aggressor, would allow for the convenient artillery bombardment of the entire northern half of Israel.
Yitzak Rabin once said of the Golan:
"Withdrawal from the Golan is unthinkable, even in times of peace. Anyone considering withdrawal from the Golan Heights would be abandoning Israel’s security."
The idea that another country would unilaterally decide to cede the State of California to Mexico (which isn’t even a threatening nation) on our behalf in order to extricate itself from a completely unrelated foreign policy SNAFU, is not only absurd but pretentious in the extreme.
Consider this, the ISG on page 54 recommends (12) that, "Syria can establish hotlines to exchange information with the Iraqis." I did not make that up. 1-800-JOKES ON U is my nomination for the hotline number. Maybe the Arabic letters are different on the phones over there (I’m not sure). But I am sure that whoever gets hired to man the phone center for the "tip line" should bring his Gameboy to work because there won’t be anything to do there.