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A VP and a Plan for Iraq

August 24, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

CQ reminds us of Joe Biden’s plan for federalizing Iraq, which Obama is sort of adopting de facto by picking him as his VP:

>Biden’s plan, written with Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, would turn Iraq into a loose federation of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish regions with broad autonomy to run their own affairs, leaving the central government in charge of common interests such as border security, foreign affairs and the distribution of oil revenue.

Obama wasn’t there when Biden’s bill was voted on as an amendment. It passed the Senate overwhelmingly and, according to the article, “Biden’s team says Obama always supported it — with the crucial qualifier that it can’t be forced on the Iraqis.”

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