Congressman Lynch said, "Despite the excellence with which our troops have performed, the process of getting the Iraqi government to take on more responsibility remains stalled. That is what we need to focus on. From my own observations during five visits with our troops in
Lynch argues that, "There needs to be an authorized commission, whose central and exclusive job is to make this transition to Iraqi control happen and to measure and report on its progress to the Congress and to the American people."
In essence, Lynch's bill would establish a single national commission which would be responsible for shifting government operations to the new Iraqi government. Such a body does not currently exist.
The national commission established by Lynch's legislation is modeled in part on the Filipino Rehabilitation Commission Act of 1944, which was established to assist the
"As in the past, our ability to reduce troop levels is directly related to our success in replacing U.S. Military control with local civilian control. That is the critical path right now. History has proven that this model can work," said Lynch.
Under Lynch's plan, the bipartisan Commission on Iraqi Transition would be comprised of 21 members. The President would appoint 7 of the members, and 7 members each would come from the Senate and the U.S. House.
The primary goals of the Commission would be:
- to facilitate a dialogue between Commission members and Iraqi and international leaders;
- to develop and report findings, recommendations and conclusions for transition to Iraqi control; and
- to provide guidance and support for the shift to Iraqi governance.
To read what the local media are saying about the bill, visit https://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2006/07/14/opinion/opin01.txt and https://www.southbostononline.com/articles/editorials/2006/07-13-06GoodPieceofLegislation.cfm.