Astonishingly, 26 Republican senators broke with President Bush's Iraq policy last week. But you may not have noticed this, and it's not your fault.A partition seems like a logical outcome given the fighting over there, but will Iraqis be for it? Reminder: Iraq does not have the lucrative oil fields neatly dispersed across the entire country, thus allowing for all three proposed regions to possess equivalent amounts of petro assets. Until this problem is resolved, the fighting will continue.
Sen. Joe Biden's resolution calling for a federal solution to the Iraq mess -- sometimes known as "soft partition" -- got almost no attention, even though it passed, 75 to 23.
The vote on Biden's proposal to devolve power to Iraq's regions and three major groups could turn out to be a milestone in the effort to end the war. It was also a reflection of how much Republican frustration there is with the Iraqi government and the direction of President Bush's policy.
Friday, October 05, 2007
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