Iraq: the Tide is Turning

Posted in Iraq | 28-Jun-07

This video image provided by Senate TV shows Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. speaking about Iraq on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 25, 2007.

This week, influential Republican Senator Richard Lugar from Indiana, the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, did something that was unthinkable a few months ago.

He delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on President Bush to change strategy in Iraq and begin drawing down troops, "Persisting indefinitely with the surge strategy will delay policy adjustments that have a better chance of protecting our vital interests over the long term." A few hours later, Republican Senator George Voinovich from Ohio, echoed this statement in a letter to President Bush.

Everyone agrees that a military solution isn't enough to end the war. Yet, Joe Biden is the only candidate from either political party offering a political solution to end the violence in Iraq

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The tide against the President's failed strategy is turning. Now politicians from both sides of the aisle are joining Senator Biden to promote his plan to turn Iraq into a loose federation of states, as their constitution calls for, that shares oil revenue but gives each region of the country broad powers to determine how its citizens live. Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Gordon Smith (R-OR), Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) are co-sponsoring Joe Biden's resolution.

Members of the Bush administration and the press are noticing. Here's just a sample of what's been said recently:

  • Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Columnist: "Biden's plan is concrete and very well thought-out. I was skeptical at first - I thought the Turks would never accept even a semi-independent Kurdistan - but events may be heading in the direction of Biden's vision anyway. The Bush administration and its war policies remain committed to the idea of a unitary Iraq - no matter what's happening on the ground. Biden's idea of three basically autonomous mini-states ought to get more attention."
  • Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said on a recent trip to Iraq, "Perhaps we have gotten too focused on the central government, and not enough on the provinces and on the tribes and what is happening in those..."
  • U.S. Ambassador to United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad said he "favored the idea of U.N. officials helping Iraqis decide, in their current deliberations over their constitution, whether to choose a structure that would transfer power to the regions. 'If they want to go that route [decentralization], it's certainly an option.'"

Even other Democratic candidates for President are getting behind the plan.

  • Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico said, "I would also study Senator Biden's federation [plan]. I think that may be ultimately the right solution."

The list of praise for the Biden plan goes on and on. Rather than fill your inbox with more quotes, though, we put them all on a website for you to see:

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