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Senate Endorses Plan to Divide Iraq
Action Shows Rare Bipartisan Consensus
September 26, 2007
Showing rare bipartisan consensus over war policy, the Senate
overwhelmingly endorsed a political settlement for Iraq that would divide the
country into three semi-autonomous regions.
The plan, conceived by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), was approved 75-23 as a non-binding resolution, with 26 Republican votes. It would not force President Bush to take any action, but it represents a significant milestone in the Iraq debate, carving out common ground in a debate that has grown increasingly polarized and focused on military strategy.
The Biden plan envisions a federal government system for Iraq,
consisting of separate regions for Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations.
The structure is spelled out in Iraq's constitution, but Biden would initiate
local and regional diplomatic efforts to hasten its evolution.
Brownback and Biden: On carving up Iraq
Biden and Brownback, a Kansas senator, maintained their plan for Iraq
would be the best solution toward stabilizing the country along the ethnic lines
of the Shias, Sunnis and Kurds, with a loose federal government in Baghdad that
would involve itself in sharing of oil revenues and coinage.
Both men adamantly denied that their legislation, which recently
passed the Senate and awaits House action, would create a forced partition of
Iraq. Instead they said the legislation was aimed at having the Iraqi's
restructure their government as allowed under the country's recently adopted