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Sepp: Baker Report Will 'Carry Terrific Weight'

Interviewee: Kalev Sepp
Interviewer: Lionel Beehner
December 5, 2006

Kalev Sepp, assistant professor in the department of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School and adviser to the Iraq Study Group, says the commission will "carry terrific weight" because of its consensus views, and therefore the White House must take its recommendations into consideration. He predicts the panel will call for U.S. forces to take on a more advisory role but admits it may take years, not months, to properly train Iraq's security forces. He also spoke about the weakness of Iraq's current leadership and the dangers of a hasty American withdrawal.

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