Saturday, June 02, 2007 7:21 PM
BIDEN-GELB PLAN FOR IRAQ
The debate about Iraq in Washington centers on a false choice that is also a bad choice. Do we continue on President Bush’s failing course and hand the problem off to the next President? Or do we just leave and hope for the best?
There is a third way. Leslie Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, and I have proposed a five-point plan to keep Iraq together, protect America’s interests and bring our troops home. We recognize that while leaving Iraq is necessary, it is not a plan. We also need a plan for what we leave behind, so that America’s interests and security are protected. That is what we have proposed.
Sectarian violence among Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds is now the major impediment to stability and progress in Iraq. No number of troops can solve that problem. The only way to hold Iraq together and create the conditions for our armed forces to responsibly withdraw is to give Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds a way to share power peacefully.. That requires a sustainable political settlement, which is the primary objective of our plan.
The plan would maintain a unified Iraq by decentralizing it and giving Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis local control over their daily lives – as provided for in the Iraqi constitution. The central government would be responsible for common interests, like border security and the distribution of oil revenues. We would secure support from the Sunnis – who have no oil — by guaranteeing them a proportionate share (about 20 percent) of oil revenues and reintegrating them into society. We would increase economic aid, ask the oil-rich Arab Gulf states to fund it and tie all assistance to the protection of minority rights and the creation of a jobs program. We would initiate a major diplomatic offensive to enlist the support of Iraq’s neighbors and create an Oversight Group of the U.N. and the major powers to enforce their commitments. And we would ask our military to draw up plans to responsibly withdraw most U.S. forces from Iraq by 2008 – enough time for the political settlement to take hold – while leaving a small force behind to take on terrorists and train Iraqis.
The course we’re on has no end in sight. This plan can allow us to achieve the two objectives most American share: to leave Iraq without leaving chaos behind. I hope you will take the time to read the plan and endorse it by adding your email address to our list of supporters.
Joe Biden, U.S. Senator (D-DE)
Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee
The Biden-Gelb plan would:
- Keep Iraq together by giving its major groups breathing room in their own regions and control over their daily lives. A central government would be left in charge of common interests like defending the borders and distributing oil revenues.
- Secure the support of the Sunnis — who have no oil — by guaranteeing them a proportionate share of oil revenue and reintegrating those with no blood on their hands.
- Increase, not end, reconstruction assistance but insist that the oil-rich Arab Gulf states fund it and tie it to the creation of a massive jobs program and to the protection of minority rights.
- Initiate a major diplomatic offensive to enlist the support of the major powers and Iraq’s neighbors for a political settlement in Iraq and create an Oversight Contact Group to enforce regional commitments.
- Begin the phased redeployment of U.S. forces this year and withdraw most of them by 2008, with a small follow-on force to keep the neighbors honest and to strike any concentration of terrorists.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007 8:39 PM
Anticipating President Bush’s veto of an Iraq funding bill that would set a timeline for troops to be removed, Democrat Joe Biden told a South Carolina voter that Congress should “shove it down his throat.”
Biden, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, made the comment Friday in South Carolina at Rep. Jim Clyburn’s fish fry, a major political event for Democratic presidential candidates. The remark was captured by a C-Span television camera and first reported on The Politico Web site.
Asked by a voter what Congress will do if Bush vetoes the Democrat-backed Iraq funding bill as expected, Biden said he would move immediately to secure money for MRAPs – armored vehicles with raised, V-shaped hulls that help deflect the force of homemade bomb blasts.
Playing political football with MY son is tantamout to a serious opening of a large can of whoopa*s.
Thursday, April 26, 2007 3:18 PM
As an Army wife, I’m moved to not only a state of disbelief that this sort of damaging rhetoric could possibly be coming from the United States Senate rather than an al-Qaeda propaganda tape, but a deep sadness that the Democratic Party has become another enemy of this great nation.
This surpasses anything I’ve heard Harry Reid publicly say and I cannot recall any speech with more venom and recklessness towards America except coming from former al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Musab al-Zarqawi when he was threatening to cut off the heads of all infidels. Biden has become America’s infidel.
He referred to the surge, the reinforcement of troops as a “siege”. He couldn’t pronounce the name of the Iraqi Prime Minister. He embarrassed his position as Senator and as far as I’m concerned, he is not fit to serve in any capacity of public service.
Jesus said anyone who calls his brother a fool is in danger of hell fire, but Joe Biden is a fool. He is no brother, no friend of America, no friend of mine or my husband’s, or any of our military comrades. But King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, wrote “The wise inherit honor, but God holds fools up to shame.”
Keep the “It’s time to support the troops” speech to yourself. You are the enemy of our troops, Senator Biden.
Make no mistake about it: this is a full throttled propaganda campaign by the Democrats that is as deceitful, as disgraceful and as dangerous as al-Qaeda’s.
And it has been going on for YEARS, Amy…YEARS!! Unfortunately, it has taken this long for the true Americans to come forward and to be heard. We have a long way to go to grind these fools such as biden and reid and murtha into the ground but this we must do for our very survival.