The View From 1776
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Dead Wrong - Part Three
Senator Biden, the putative expert on foreign policy, is not only wrong, but also unwilling to learn from his mistakes.
Read Iraqi Leaders Opposed Biden’s Partition Plan, by Dan Senor.
On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Joseph Biden made a series of stunning arguments in defense of his plan for segregation of Iraq along ethnic and sectarian lines… The Biden plan would have also begun a phased redeployment of U.S. troops in 2006 and withdrawn most of them by the end of 2007…
Qays al-Atwani, the moderator of the popular “Talk of the Hour” television show, interviewed Iraqi Shiites and Sunnis about the Biden resolution. He concluded: “For the first time in Iraq, all political blocs, decision makers and religious authorities agree on rejecting the [Biden] resolution that contradicts the will of the Iraqi people.” The Senate resolution even managed to provoke radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s political supporters to momentarily join their rivals—all in opposition to the Biden plan.
On Sunday, when Mr. Biden was asked about the current progress in Iraq, he managed to take the lion’s share of the credit: “I’m encouraged because they’re doing the things I suggested . . . That’s why it is moving toward some mild possibility of a resolution.”