The more I read about this commission the less I like it. The news that the commission deliberate excluded “extreme” views even though the “extreme” left view has majority support is pretty maddening. The real problem, though, is that as best I can tell the Commission has the wrong mandate. Rather than a group charged with finding an optimal Iraq policy for the United States of America, it’s charged with finding a formula that suits the interests of the American political establishment — of Democrats who backed the war, and of Republicans who’d like to see their political party survive the disaster of George W. Bush. So while they’d like a policy that makes things better, what they need is a policy that can espoused while minimizing embarassment to said establishment. Unfortunately, the latter goal makes the former substantially impossible.