Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Three’s A Crowd

Based on his vast experience in the Health and Human Services Department and as Governor of the 20th largest state in the union, Tommy Thompson proposed in the Des Moines Register that we try something different in Iraq. Tommy said in an op-ed that we shouldgive 3 states a try.

“Instead of trying to force one Iraq upon people who dislike and distrust eachother, we should focus our strategies on dividing Iraq into separate states,with each state providing a distinct home to the diverse cultures and religioussects of Iraq. At the same time, we should give the Iraqi people a stake in thesuccess of their country by providing each person with royalties from thecountry's wealth of oil.

The creation of distinct states - one for the Kurds, the Sunnis and the Shiites- would form a confederation that allows each group to operate their localaffairs in a manner that best suits its people, religious beliefs and culture,and goals for the future.”

Now we aren’t foreign policy experts at the Cooler but while the Kurds seem tohave their own distinct geographical area, we think dividing Baghdad between theSunni’s and Shi’a’s might create a little bit of a conflict.. But maybe we’recrazy. (to be fair Tommy acknowledges that challenge further down in theop-ed). Regardless, kudos to TT for trying to build his foreign policy credsand getting some ink in the Register.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Baghdad people of all religious backgrounds live next to each other. The same goes for other parts of the country as well. Why would people of different religous backgrounds who have lived in thier homes for generations uproot their families and move?

Some would say that all the violence would incent many to move but in reality 14 of 18 provinces are relatively peaceful. 2/3 of the country is secure and that means that over 50% of the population will tolerate each other. 80% of the violence is occuring within 20 miles of Baghdad.

That violence is caused by a combination of Religious hate, common street crime (opportunists), and the most important to focus on is agitation by agents of other countries and terror organizations (Syria, Iran, Wohabbists, Al Queda, and Al Ansar Islam etc...)

Partitioning didn't work for Winston Churchill and the Brittish it work for us. Thompson must not have taken note of history.

The best thing we can do is implement the McCain plan and crush the enemy by using overwhelming combat power. A solution that many D's wanted before the war but now abhor because they are invested in defeat.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

1126 would you like to start blogging for us? You are much better.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:26: One other thought occurred to me. Partitioning didn't work in Berlin, did it? The TT idea is whacky.

I agree. the only way to eradicate this problem is to crush them once and for all. Surge x 10.

7:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats not even his idea...good to see that Thompson needs to steal material for his campaign

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No kidding 7:51. Maybe Thompson ought to run as a team with Joe Biden. It's his idea.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Anon 7:46 the only way surge X10 works is Nuke! and not just Iraq it needs to be the whole region and almost the whole religion of islam, but send over a few democrats to do a fact finding mission while we do the nuking.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee annouces on Sunday on Meet the Press, according to buzz I have been hearing.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What time is Meet the Press on?

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Huckabee?

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Huckabee was the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 when he had to leave because of term limits. He is very conservative annd charismatic and should do very well when he decides to run for prez.

10:05 AM  

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