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Biden-Gelb - The Only Plan For Iraq

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If anything has become obvious in the last four years, it’s that if Iraqis aren’t ruled by a dictator and forced to get along, they don’t get along. The Iraqi army won’t ever “stand up” because they don’t care about Iraq – they care about Sinnis, Shiites, and Kurds. Saddam Hussein was the toxic glue that held the region and denominations together.

 But don’t take my word for it. As I’ve already said, the plan received 75 votes in the Senate, which Biden called “an express rejection of the central strategic premise of the Bush administration.”

In an October 23, 2007 op/ed in the paper of deep, Stalinist, elitist liberalism, The New York Times, Peter W. Galbraith former ambassador to Croatia said, “While the [Biden-Gelb plan, passed in the senate as the “Biden-Brownback Federalism Amendment”] provoked strong reactions in Iraq and from the Bush administration, it actually called for exactly what Iraq’s Constitution already provides — and what is irrevocably becoming the reality on the ground.”

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Al-Malaki denounced the plan because he is Bush’s puppet (even though Iraqi President Talabani expressed support for the plan). The Bush administration denounced the plan.

Biden has been in the senate for 35 years, and is willing to put his entire senate legacy on this sole issue. But still, no one seems to be listening.

On a personal note, I would argue that because this plan exists and the Bush administration continues to reject it, they are conducting treasonous activities. The administration continues to play out their “stay the course” plan, to no avail, knowing it hasn’t worked, won’t work. But this will. As a teacher friend of mine put it last week, “If I continued to teach my kids wrong, knowing there was a proven way I could teach them right, I’d be fired, and I shouldn’t be a teacher.”

But this is what we’ve come to expect from this administration: stubbornness to the end. It seems they don’t care how many thousands of people go down. What really matters is that they are right, and Bush protects his “legacy”, as if it ever had a chance of being a positive one.

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At the Drexel debate, Biden received the least amount of speaking time – six minutes of the two hours – yet received the most positive attention (yes, positive, because most attention was negatively paid to Hillary) with his quips about Giuliani. And still, he’s in fifth place in most polls, between 3 and 8 percent. Biden isn’t pretty, and he’s not all that charismatic, but he’s right.

Let’s remember that last week Dennis Kucinich questioned President Bush’s mental health. A few weeks ago Rep. Mike Stark said people were dying overseas for the president’s amusement. And while I won’t agree with either one of these assessments – since I don’t have Bush’s health records, nor can I read his thoughts – we’re at a point where we have to give this serious consideration.

Biden has a plan to end the war in Iraq, and by most standards, win the war in Iraq. If Bush thinks his plan to kill our way to victory is a better way to go, then maybe he should seek counseling, for the country’s sake, and his own.

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Randy LoBasso lives in Philadelphia, PA, where he does a bunch of freelance writing. He wrote for OpEdNews in 2007/2008.

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