It's About Time To Change Course

Pentagon Seal over flag of Iraq with US Soldiers
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
Outgoing U.N. chief Kofi Annan called what is going on in Iraq worse than a civil war. As authorities found dozens and dozens of fresh bodies this morning, the U.S. military announced the deaths of nine more American service people on Sunday.

This week the Iraq Study Group will make its recommendations to the White House, and already we read in Newsweek today that White House staffers have been dismissive of the study group so far.

The study group does not have a silver bullet, nor does it have a magic wand. But it does say "stay the course" does not get us anywhere.

Which, incredibly enough, is exactly the same conclusion Donald Rumsfeld came to in a memo he wrote just days before he resigned. If you have not read it, get online and look. It's a stark assessment, with a laundry list of Plan B's.

My only thought: What took him so long?

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By Harry Smith