Senator and Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden told reporters this weekend that the recent success in Iraq was not due to the Troop Surge , but was due to this plan to partition Iraq. REMEMBER THE BIDEN PLAN?
When faced with the incredulous looks from the reporters traveling with the Senator on his plane, he responded, “Well sure, they won’t admit it, but that is what is happening on the ground”.
If you doubt this, watch for yourself: http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/09/07/biden-says-his-tripartite-plan-for-iraq-is-working/
Given the Senator’s recent comments on the Troop Surge, specifically that “everyone knew the troop surge would reduce the violence”, I’m concerned that the Senator is becoming delusional.
BIDEN’ PLAN TO PARTITION IRAQ AS THE ROAD TO PEACE
Senator Biden formally announced the details of his “Iraqi Peace Plan” in an editorial he submitted to the New York Times on May 1, 2006. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9405EEDE113FF932A35756C0A9609C8B63
The Senator described the bedrock upon which his “plan” would rest as, “The idea is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests.”
Let me repeat for the Senator, unify by dividing, decentralize on the basis of religious and ethnic groups.
In his editorial Senator Biden boldly predicted that, “Iraq’s new government of national unity will not stop the deterioration”.
While the Senator has most recently denied that his proposal called for a “PARTITION OF IRAQ“, his Editorial specifically called for “five steps”, the first of which was to, “to establish three largely autonomous regions. The Kurdish, Sunni and Shi’ite regions would each be responsible for their own domestic laws, administration and internal security”.
The Senator went on to suggest, “Decentralization is hardly as radical as it may seem.”
Maybe the most telling statement was made at the end of the Senator’s editorial when he noted his mistaken belief that, “Besides, things are already heading toward partition”.
Even MSNBC described the plan as a plan to partition: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12572371
Obama’s adoption of Biden as his Vice Presidential Nominee and Biden’s plan for partition have been discussed by the press at length.
David Nather, CQ Staff, was one of the first to note that, “When http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20080825/pl_cq_politics/politics2940488picked . of Delaware as his , he also inherited an entire plan for the future of Iraq”. Nather also noted, “Now, the two are sending the message that they both support” ….. the partition.
MotherJones noted the obvious conflict between Obama’s withdrawal plan and the BIDEN PLAN. http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/08/9268_biden_vp_problem_iraq_partition.html
The First Criticisms of the BIDEN PLAN
The first critics of the Biden Plan noted the suspicious timing of the Senator’s announcement. Specifically, the first opponents noted that, “Just as the Iraqis were finally putting together a unity government, along comes Sen. Joseph Biden with a “detailed plan” to unravel it. Brilliant”. (Dennis Byrne is a Chicago Tribune op-ed columnist and freelance writer.)
“In a much heralded and publicized op-ed piece in the New York Times, Biden said the only way to prevent chaos was to divide Iraq into three autonomous regions … Give each their own army and, I suppose, let them have at one another”.
“Biden pops up with this lunacy just as Norui al-Maliki, Iraqi’s new prime Minister is trying to put together a cabinet under a three-week deadline and form the long-sought unity government. Biden’s timing couldn’t have been more self-serving or destructive”.
Middle Eastern papers accused Biden of making Iraq a “political football” to further his own campaign for President. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HE05Ak01.html
DID ANYONE THINK TO ASK THE IRAQI’S
Response to Biden’s proposal from the Iraqi people was immediate, united and deafening! http://www.juancole.com/2007/10/iraqi-television-responds-to-senate.htmlWatching America, Sotal Iraq, IRAQIS Sound Off on Plan to Partition their Nation;
“The partitioning of the country on the basis of ethnic or sectarian divisions is completely unacceptable, since it would terminate the modern state of Iraq.”— Satar Al-Karbuli, MP with the Iraq Accord Front [Sunni]
Iraqis of every ethnic and religious group united to denounce the Biden Plan.
Senator Biden’s proposal was considered so extreme and so bad that the Plan was credited with untiing Sunni, Shi’ite and Kurd. Opposition to the Biden Plan crossed all racial and religious boundaries. http:www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/25/11128/. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080823/pl_nm/iraq_biden_dc_1 http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/09/30/iraq.main.ap/index.html
The BIDEN PLAN was so universally panned in Iraq that Biden’s recent selection as Obama’s VP pick met with the following response in Iraq, “This choice of Biden is disappointing, because he is the creator of the idea of dividing Iraq,” Salih al-Mutlaq, head of National Dialogue,one of the main Sunni Arab blocs in parliament, told Reuters. “We rejected his proposal when he announced it, and we still reject it. Dividing the communities and land in such a way would only lead to new fighting between people over resources and borders. Iraq cannot survive unless it is unified, and dividing it would keep the problems alive for a long time.” http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/08/25/11128
BIDEN’S RESPONSE TO THE IRAQIS
You may wonder what Senator Biden’s response was to all of the criticism leveled at his Plan to save Iraq. Ever the Diplomat that is so admired in liberal, elite, east coast environs, Senator Biden responded, ” I DON’T KNOW WHO THE HELL THEY THINK THEY ARE”. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/10/biden-to-iraqi-.html
Ever the Diplomat. Delusional, but what a Diplomat. Senator “they” are the Iraqi people, it is their country. By the way – its not your plan that is working – it is the TROOP SURGE.