September 30th 2007
Joe Biden has differentiated himself from other candidates with his position, Iraqi sovereignty be damned, that the country should be partitioned into Shi’a, Sunni and Kurdish zones — and he managed to get a sense of the Senate resolution last week supporting the position.
One catch, though: His idea certainly doesn’t divide the Iraqis: They hate the idea. Not that it bothers Joe, who has shown his gift of gab is not matched with a gift for listening.
Watching America provides us an inside at the response to Biden in Baghdad by translating an article from the Iraqi newspaper Sotal Iraq, Iraqis Sound Off on Joe Biden’s Plan. By party, we learn:
- Iraqi National Party chief Mithal al-Alusi [a secular nationalist alliance made up of Sunnis and Shiites led by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi] criticized several Iraqi politicians without naming them, for helping Biden formulate his program.
- Saleh al-Mutlaq, the President of the Iraqi Front for National Dialogue [a non-sectarian coalition that wants to end the presence of foreign troops and to rebuild Iraqi government institutions] asked the United Nations and Arab League to denounce Biden’s program, describing it as a pathway to a civil war in Iraq.
- The Iraq Accord Front [originally a coalition of three Sunni parties that have supported participation in the political process] renewed its rejection of any draft resolution that seeks to divide Iraq along sectarian lines, and Accord Front deputy Omar Abdul Satar Al-Karbuli reiterated that the coalition has grave reservations about establishing what he described as “federalized sectarian regions.”
Iraqi Accord Front MP said, “The partioning of the country on the basis of ethnic or sectarian divisions is completely unacceptable, since it would terminate the modern state of Iraq.”
- Member of Parliament Hamid Rashid Mualla of the United Iraqi Alliance [a broad-based coalition of over 20 groups, dominated by the two major Shiite parties] was a bit more diplomatic. While he emphasized the right of the Iraqi people to choose a system that suits them, he said in an interview with Radio Sawa that, “the amendment passed by the U.S. Senate is fairly open-ended, and would give Iraqis a vast opportunity to choose the kind of federalism they want.”
Biden called the vote, “a major repudiation of President Bush’s failed policy in Iraq,” seemingly ignoring the fact that his own approach has been certified as pre-failed by the Iraqi leadership.
This may be President Bush’s war. But it is America’s future. Together, we have to get this right. Today, we are one step closer to doing just that.
Biden has a funny definition of “together,” doesn’t he? He talks about “America” and “we,” but has left the Iraqis entirely out of the picture.
The Dems, for all their talk of this being Bush’s war, don’t want any troublesome meddling in their work to make it their defeat.
Updpate: In a highly unusual move, the U.S. Embassy in Iraq issued a statement condemning Biden’s resolution:
“Our goal in Iraq remains the same: a united, democratic, federal Iraq that can govern, defend, and sustain itself,” the unsigned statement said.
“Iraq’s leaders must and will take the lead in determining how to achieve these national aspirations. … attempts to partition or divide Iraq by intimidation, force or other means into three separate states would produce extraordinary suffering and bloodshed,” it said. (AP)