Joe Biden’s Iraq Plan

At least Biden has an idea for a solution to the problems in Iraq.

A Five Point Plan for Iraq

1. Establish One Iraq, with Three Regions

  • Federalize Iraq in accordance with its constitution by establishing three largely autonomous regions – Shiite, Sunni and Kurd — with a strong but limited central government in Baghdad
  • Put the central government in charge of truly common interests: border defense, foreign policy, oil production and revenues
  • Form regional governments — Kurd, Sunni and Shiite — responsible for administering their own regions

2. Share Oil Revenues

  • Gain agreement for the federal solution from the Sunni Arabs by guaranteeing them 20 percent of all present and future oil revenues — an amount roughly proportional to their size — which would make their region economically viable
  • Empower the central government to set national oil policy and distribute the revenues, which would attract needed foreign investment and reinforce each community’s interest in keeping Iraq intact and protecting the oil infrastructure

3. Convene International Conference, Enforce Regional Non-Aggression Pact

  • Convene with the U.N. a regional security conference where Iraq’s neighbors, including Iran, pledge to support Iraq’s power sharing agreement and respect Iraq’s borders
  • Engage Iraq’s neighbors directly to overcome their suspicions and focus their efforts on stabilizing Iraq, not undermining it
  • Create a standing Contact Group, to include the major powers, that would engage Iraq’s neighbors and enforce their commitments

4. Responsibly Drawdown US Troops

  • Direct U.S. military commanders to develop a plan to withdraw and re-deploy almost all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of 2007
  • Maintain in or near Iraq a small residual force — perhaps 20,000 troops — to strike any concentration of terrorists, help keep Iraq’s neighbors honest and train its security forces

5. Increase Reconstruction Assistance and Create a Jobs Program

  • Provide more reconstruction assistance, conditioned on the protection of minority and women’s rights and the establishment of a jobs program to give Iraqi youth an alternative to the militia and criminal gangs
  • Insist that other countries take the lead in funding reconstruction by making good on old commitments and providing new ones — especially the oil-rich Arab Gulf countries

All in all, not a bad plan. Biden is showing himself to be a good choice in the Demos. corner.


It’s Legal!

There is alot happening around the world; Gaza is going to crap, Iraq is crap and so on. But listening to the news today on thing caught my attention; Nevada has just made cockfighting illegal. That leaves only Louisiana where the fighting of chickens is legal. Really? Yes, really! Where do you think Popeye’s gets the chickens to fry?

This story made me think of the time I was introduced to a thing in South Louisiana called a “chicken drop”. This like cockfighting is a gambling thing. What is it? OK, there is a large barn, if you will and a large board, similiar to a football pool board, is painted on the floor. Each square has a number in it, sometimes there is other ways of doing this, but when I was exposed to it this was it. Everyone antes up, you pick a number or such; once the board is full a guy comes in with a chicken, a live chicken, he then shakes it up and squeezes it and then tosses it onto the board. There is losts of cheering, yelling, cussing, etc until the chicken CRAPS! The winning number is where the crap lands.

This is a big party with lots of food, drinks and so on. It was good fun and really enjoyable.


The O’Reilley Report

Now how can you argue with this logic?

The Fox pundit said that “on my program, I don’t do a lot of Iraq reporting because we don’t know what’s happening. We can’t find out.”

“We don’t highlight every terrorist attack, because we learn nothing from that, and that’s exactly what the terrorists want us to do,” O’Reilly explained. “CNN and especially MSNBC delight in showing Iraqi violence because they want Americans to think badly of President Bush, and that strategy has succeeded.”

“If the war in Iraq is indeed a mess,” he concluded, “there’s little news value in broadcasting daily bombings. By the way, Fox News continues to crush CNN and MSNBC in the ratings, as the folks know news when they see it.”

That O’Reilley is a helluva reporter, don’t ya think?