10 Questions for James Baker

James Baker on the fight for Iraq, the death of compromise and his African-American kin

PAM FRANCIS FOR TIME

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Work Hard, Study ... and Keep Out of Politics!" That's what James Baker's grandfather used to say, and it's the title of the veteran public servant's new memoir. Having led two Cabinet departments and served as White House chief of staff, Baker obviously obeyed only two of his grandfather's three instructions. At 76, he co-chairs the Iraq Study Group and spoke with TIME's Michael Duffy about Iraq, bipartisanship, election reform and his African-American relatives.

What's the mission of the Iraq Study Group? The mission is to take a fresh-eyes look at the situation in Iraq to see if we can...

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