Unity Through Autonomy in Iraq
By JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR. and LESLIE H. GELB
Published: May 1, 2006
A decade ago, Bosnia was torn apart by ethnic cleansing and facing its demise as a single country. After much hesitation, the United States stepped in decisively with the Dayton Accords,which kept the country whole by, paradoxically, dividing it into ethnic federations, even allowing Muslims, Croats and Serbs to retain separate armies. Which is part of the reason that we still have troops there to this day. With the help of American and other forces, Bosnians have lived a decade in relative peace and are now slowly strengthening their common central government, including disbanding those separate armies last year. Why then aren't you calling for our troops to come home from there then? I mean after all it was an Illegal Action it wasn't Sanctioned by the UN.
Now the Bush administration, despite its profound strategic misjudgment in Iraq, Where did we misjudge Senator be specific once in your life. has a similar opportunity. To seize it, however, America must get beyond the present false choice between "staying the course" and "bringing the troops home now" and choose a third way that would wind down our military presence responsibly while preventing chaos and preserving our key security goals. Oh this is gonna be good, listen up folks a master plan by the village Idiot.
The idea, as in Bosnia, is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralized it, giving each ethno-religious group Â Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab Â room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests. In other words divide it into three separate states. The one thing we have been negotiating against since major hostilities ended. The one sure way to guarantee that the country breaks into Civil War That's the Village Idiots Plan LOL We could drive this in place with irresistible sweeteners for the Sunnis to join in, a plan designed by the military for withdrawing and redeploying American forces, and a regional nonaggression pact. We Pull Out and divide them into three states with three separate armies and three separate governments except for a small government with no army that will tell the other 3 how to share the Oil Money, and we make them sign a piece of paper that they will all listen to the little govt with no Army... What an ASS
It is increasingly clear that President Bush does not have a strategy for victory in Iraq. Rather, he hopes to prevent defeat and pass the problem along to his successor. Your plan guarantees FAILURE Meanwhile, the frustration of Americans is mounting so fast that Congress might end up mandating a rapid pullout, even at the risk of precipitating chaos and a civil war that becomes a regional war. Oh PLEASE DO That would be a Dream Come True. If the Dems win in 06 and They demand or using the Senators word MANDATE an immediate withdraw of our troops let the Iraqis be damned.
As long as American troops are in Iraq in significant numbers, the insurgents can't win and we can't lose. But intercommunal violence has surpassed the insurgency as the main security threat. Militias rule swathes of Iraq and death squads kill dozens daily. Where Senator? Show us where you pulled this out of, or are you having a Vietnam flashback and are just a little confused? Sectarian cleansing has recently forced tens of thousands from their homes. Did anyone see this on the NEWS don't you think if tens of thousands of refugees were fleeing their homes That we would have LIVE FILM on CNN, MSNBC, and NY Times Reporters Shoving it in our faces to PROVE How wrong Bush is??? On top of this, President Bush did not request additional reconstruction assistance and is slashing funds for groups promoting democracy. Name Two.
Iraq's new government of national unity will not stop the deterioration. BULLSHIT! The Iraqis just last week reached an agreement on a Prime Minister to lead them that all 3 Sects can work with. Sectarian Violence in the last 3 months has dropped by half, but facts mean nothing to this Bozo. Iraqis have had three such governments in the last three years, each with Sunnis in key posts, without noticeable effect. The alternative path out of this terrible trap has five elements. How many YEARS did our own country take to get the details worked out? Do you even have a clue Senator?
The first is to establish three largely autonomous regions with a viable central government in Baghdad. The Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security. The central government would control border defense, foreign affairs and oil revenues. Baghdad would become a federal zone, while densely populated areas of mixed populations would receive both multisectarian and international police protection. The UN LOL
Decentralization is hardly as radical as it may seem: the Iraqi Constitution, in fact, already provides for a federal structure and a procedure for provinces to combine into regional governments. Everything we have been trying NOT to do. Instead of having one think of themselves as an Iraqi He wants them to remain as separate Fueding Tribes.
Besides, things are already heading toward partition: Its Failing anyway so lets help it fail and run away at the same time. increasingly, each community supports federalism, if only as a last resort. The Sunnis, who until recently believed they would retake power in Iraq, are beginning to recognize that they won't and don't want to live in a Shiite-controlled, highly centralized state with laws enforced by sectarian militias. The Shiites know they can dominate the government, but they can't defeat a Sunni insurrection. The Kurds will not give up their 15-year-old autonomy. And they are all finally trying to work together and he wants to end it. Why is that Senator? The events on the ground in Iraq are exactly opposite as you describe them.
Some will say moving toward strong regionalism would ignite sectarian cleansing. NO SHIT But that's exactly what is going on already, in ever-bigger waves. Once again the facts, the Numbers prove you wrong Senator. Others will argue that it would lead to partition. But a breakup is already under way. As it was in Bosnia, a strong federal system is a viable means to prevent both perils in Iraq. This man is a total ass they just come together after 3 months of trying to get the right leader, they get him and he says that's it, it's Breaking Up.
The second element would be to entice the Sunnis into joining the federal system with an offer they couldn't refuse. To begin with, running their own region should be far preferable to the alternatives: being dominated by Kurds and Shiites in a central government or being the main victims of a civil war. But they also have to be given money to make their oil-poor region viable. The Constitution must be amended to guarantee Sunni areas 20 percent (approximately their proportion of the population) of all revenues. We could call it the Sunni Wind Fall Tax
The third component would be to ensure the protection of the rights of women and ethno-religious minorities by increasing American aid to Iraq but tying it to respect for those rights. Yeah run away and just throw Money at it. Such protections will be difficult, especially in the Shiite-controlled south, but Washington has to be clear that widespread violations will stop the cash flow. LOL
Fourth, the president must direct the military to design a plan for withdrawing and redeploying our troops from Iraq by 2008 Ah the Mandatory date for the terrorists to wait for. (while providing for a small but effective residual force to combat terrorists and keep the neighbors honest). What size force will it take to keep 3 heavily armed camps with no reason to cooperate with each from exploding into Civil War Senator? We must avoid a precipitous withdrawal that would lead to a national meltdown , but we also can't have a substantial long-term American military presence. That would do terrible damage to our armed forces, break American and Iraqi public support for the mission and leave Iraqis without any incentive to shape up. Yeah Iran will obey that LOL. For all that Iraq's neighbors might gain by picking at its pieces, each faces the greater danger of a regional war. A "contact group" of major powers would be set up to lean on neighbors to comply with the deal. Will that "contact group" be able to hold back a NUCLEAR Iran?
Mr. Bush has spent three years in a futile effort to establish a strong central government in Baghdad, and has finally achieved it that's what has you concerned Senator. leaving us without a real political settlement, Wrong with a deteriorating security situation. These statements are why our Politicians starting with Biden need to be Drug Tested.
Joseph R. Biden Jr., Democrat of Delaware, is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Leslie H. Gelb is the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senator Biden is the Second scariest Man running for President. This man should not be allowed to run a Golf Course let alone the Country. The only person who is a bigger ASS than Biden is Senator John McCain, but that's another rant.