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Lee Hamilton '52 Discusses Iraq on NBC's Today

July 16, 2007

Lee Hamilton Testifies.jpgJuly 16, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the Iraq Study Group, "says he's 'extremely doubtful' that Iraqi forces will be able to take over the country's security any time soon," reports the Associated Press. On this morning's edition of NBC's Today show, Hamilton, a 1952 graduate of DePauw University, "said Iraqi forces 'are not close to being able to meet' their logistical, medical and support needs."

The story continues, "Referring to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's comments that security forces would be ready 'at any time,' Hamilton says 'his rhetoric is pretty good,' but 'his performance is pretty bad.' He says theNBC Logo.jpg most important shortcoming is that the government is 'not close at all' to including all elements of society."

Read the complete AP summary, or watch video of the Today segment at MSNBC.com (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Hamilton discusses U.S. future in Iraq").

Lee Hamilton, who served 34 years in Congress and was vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, contributes an op-ed to today's Indianapolis Star, headlined "Let's unite for change in Iraq." Access the column at the newspaper's Web site.

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