October 8th, 2007
08:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Political odd couple

Iraq and a crowded 2008 presidential field apparently make for strange bedfellows.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, have a bipartisan proposal to partition Iraq along sectarian lines with Baghdad remaining the seat of a national, federal government in the Middle Eastern country.  The Democrat and the Republican - each of whom is seeking his respective party's nomination for president - will campaign together in Iowa and tout their joint plan.  Carol Costello reports.

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Filed under: Iowa • Iraq • Joe Biden • Sam Brownback
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The Iraqi religious wingnuts are way ahead of these guys, having already cleansed neighborhoods and forced millions into exile. That's why "the surge is working"– most of the ethnic "diversity" is gone. Problem solved. Troops home. Now.

    October 8, 2007 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. Joseph Vanderbosch, Appleton, WI

    I tell you one thing, Biden might not get the nomination, but he should.

    October 9, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. JC, Kansas

    Just what we need another partition based upon religion and or hate. So we assist the purification of neighborhoods by sanctioning it. That's really a solution. We need more India's, and Pakastans, or Serbia,and Kosovos pairings in the world. Just how do you think this would help, and what makes you think that Iraq could mantain a central federal government under these conditions. Three ghettos and a cental government what a novel idea.

    October 9, 2007 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  4. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Sen. Biden WILL NOT get the nomination. As for whether he should: if you want a candidate whose elaborate bouffant is kept aloft by the sheer density of hot gas that emanates from his mouth, then Sen. Dodd is proving to be stiff competition.

    October 9, 2007 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  5. Mia, Stafford, VA

    If only Democrats and Republicans could work together more often to come up with ideas to fix world and domestic problems.

    Great JOB on working together on this one Congress!

    October 9, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    On Senator Biden's partition plan:

    The United States cannot be seen to have anything whatsoever to do with partitioning Iraq in any way: hard, soft, whatever. Otherwise, we'll just be repeating Great Britain's mistake (again!) in reverse.

    As for a conference: why not? Anybody can talk about anything. However, partition will not succeed unless and until the Shia decide it is better for them to share oil revenues and political power equitably, rather than seeking to rule a unified Iraq, a position to which their superior numbers entitles them.
    Don't hold your breath.

    October 9, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  7. Jim Topeka, Kansas

    Legalized, sectarian segradation based upon religion, what a novel approach. That way we can help the religious extremists cleanse their neighborhoods and assit in the relocation of of those others that could not take the hint.

    We can have a Sunni state, a Kurdish State, a Shi state, a Christain neighborhood, and a little spot some where hiden for the others.

    Then we can expect them to be able to function as a central government. By the way who gets Bagdad.

    However, I will commend the two of them for at very least coming up with an idea to debate. But I think I would rather see Senator Brownback back in Washington, sitting in the Senate doing his job.

    October 9, 2007 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. James, NY, NY

    They can campaign all they want, unless the Iraqis go along with there plan it doesn't matter what we think. Unless they think we should dump more troops into Iraq and force this on the Iraqi people. That ought to make things oh so much better.....

    October 9, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Well it's better than nothing. If we leave teh Iraqis to their own devices they will keep killing each other until there is no one left in Iraq. On second thought....

    October 9, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |