If they had wanted clowns they would have called the circus..
According to Hugh Hewitt, the ISG failed to interview the right people (my emphasis):
Of the 43 “former officials and experts” consulted –including Mark Danner of the New York Review of Books, Thomas Friedman, Leslie Gelb, Sandy Berger, Anthony Lake, Ken Pollack, Thomas Ricks, and George Will– the ISG did not find it necessary to talk with, say, Victor Davis Hanson, Lawrence Wright, Robert Kaplan, Mark Steyn, Michael Ledeen, Reuel Marc Gerecht*, or Christopher Hitchens. The ISG did talk with Bill Kristol. I wonder how long that sit down lasted?
*Hugh later discovered that Reuel Marc Gerecht was actually part of the Expert Working Group
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