JULY 14th 2007
Here is the report of the Iraq Commission as presented by Channel 4 Television.

There are no surprises. I think this reflects the views the UK Government has held for some time. However the constitution of the panel is noteworthy and the detail in the proposals are very important. I cannot imagine any elaboration that would contradict the findings here even if it were able to improve on them.

It does not promise an easy way forward and for it to work all the major elements have to be put in place so as to synchronise. For example the withdrawal of UK troops will depend on Iran cooperating in the suggested international treaty concerning the region.