Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obama and Biden to Divide the Presidency Between Themselves?

Now that Barack Obama has chosen Senator Joe Biden as his running mate, perhaps the two could split up the Presidency between themselves. Obama would run half the country and Biden the other half. After all, that's precisely the kind of solution Senator Biden prescribed to end the violence in Iraq, in May of 2006:

The senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee proposed that Iraq be divided into three separate regions — Kurdish, Shiite and Sunni — with a central government in Baghdad.
Of course Biden's plan is a recipe for disaster, rather than a viable solution, as the GOP website duly notes:


Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal: "To envision that you can divide Iraq into three parts is to envision ethnic cleansing on a massive scale, sectarian killing on a massive scale and uprooting of families..."

"Many Middle East Experts Are Horrified By The Difficulty Of Dividing The Nation."
But how can anyone compare the views of a few Middle East experts - novices at best - to the sage advice of Joe Biden, a veteran senator with 3 decades of experience in the senate? Even Barack Obama - according to some experts - is a mere "Johnny Come Lately" compared to Mr. Biden!

Iraq's Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is probably not too excited over the Prospect of an Obama Presidency, nor is he too happy with Obama's timetable for withdrawing US troops from Iraq. Zebari told Senator Obama in June that he found his proposal for setting a timetable, worrisome.

"We have a deadly enemy," Mr. Zebari told Obama. "When he sees that you commit yourself to a certain timetable, he will use this to increase pressure and attacks, to make it look as though he is forcing you out. We have many actors who would love to take advantage of that opportunity."

However, Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki [a shiite, who's been accused of pushing an extreme Shiite agenda in Iraq and who once called the Islamic Republic of Iran “a good friend and brother.”] seems pretty content with Obama's timetable for a troop withdrawal. And he seems pretty excited over the prospect of Obama becoming the next US President. I also suspect Mr. Maliki would have no qualms with Iraq ultimately becoming a mere proxy of the Iranian regime.

But how would he feel about dividing up Iraq into three separate regions?

Well, if Iran ends up benefiting from Biden's plan - a plan which would certainly devastate the entire region - I believe Mr. Maliki would be more than happy to sign off on such a deal.

As far as Senator Biden's ability to govern is concerned, it is my sincere belief that America would be much better off today had Senator Biden been President during the Civil War era. First off, he would have ordered an immediate withdrawal of troops on both sides of the conflict. Then he would have split the US into two halves - and there'd be a lot less bickering in this country right now because of it.

Oh well, it's no use crying over spilled milk. It simply wasn't meant to be.

One last note: The GOP post that I linked to before is loaded with lots of goodies detailing Senator Biden's previous statements about Barack Obama and his lack of credentials to be President. Hopefully, I'll link to several of these tidbits in a future post, but in the meantime, I'd recommend you hop on over there and read it yourselves. It's a worthwhile read, indeed.

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