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(CNN) -- A high-level panel has made its recommendations on Iraq, calling the situation there "grave and dangerous," while adding "prospects can be improved." The Iraq Study Group calls for direct talks between the United States, Iran and Syria and urges moving most U.S. troops from combat to support roles by early 2008.

We asked readers for their thoughts on the report. Here is a selection of the responses, some of which have been edited for length and clarity.

Joseph Mancini of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
The plan won't work. One of the principal proposals is to cooperate with Iran and Syria to reduce violence in Iraq. Bush has called these countries evil and havens for terrorists. Why would they cooperate with the U.S.? These countries don't need our money.

Walt Hampton of Arnold, Maryland
I think the plan is as well-considered and appropriate as you could hope for. With the appointment of the new Secretary of Defense and the execution of this plan, we are clearly moving in the right direction. Success, however, is now a relative term.

Rod Venger of Colorado Springs, Colorado
It's a disgusting document (based on what I have read so far) that dishonors us all and in my opinion will lead to even more dishonor and eventual attacks here at home.

Ted Ulmer of Dresher, Pennsylvania
I do not feel any plan will work with the U.S. involved in Iraq or Afghanistan. These people deal with their own issues and have been doing so for thousands of years... [The] United States needs to leave those countries and let them take care of themselves.

Mary Lou Czupek of Plainfield, Illinois
No! I think this study group's suggestions have all been rejected by Bush before. This is just a stalling tactic. The rest of the world is just waiting for us to "run out of resources" and then they will come in for the kill. Question is, whose side is Bush on?

Dotun Obadina of Fargo, North Dakota
How many experts on Iraq were in this study group? [What about] experts on ethnicity as the war in Iraq is an ethnic conflict? Have any of the people in the study group been in the war in Iraq? If the answer is no... then how do they possibly know how to solve a solution they potentially know nothing about?

Steve Cherba of Stevensville, Michigan
This proposal will not work. It is just another "clever" move by Bush and Baker to provide cover for the president's war in Iraq. As far as ending political bickering as the president commented, I say sure, as long as he agrees with me that we should pull all our troops out now. The sooner we take away the troops, and in general, America, as targets, the sooner this region will quiet down.

What do you think? Send your thoughts to CNN.

President Bush receives the Iraq Study Group's report Wednesday, flanked by former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton, left, and former Secretary of State James Baker.


  • Change U.S. military role to training Iraq Army
  • Pull combat troops out by early 2008
  • Engage Iran and Syria
  • Tackle Arab-Israeli peace in broader Middle East initiative
  • Make no open-ended promises to Iraq
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