Unlike other politicians and Presidential candidates, Sam Brownback is thoughtful enough and brave enough to suggest an alternate course for the ongoing struggle in Iraq. We should pay attention and give his plan careful consideration. Tell me this isn’t Presidential material:
Ideas are plentiful in presidential campaigns — some very good, many of them bad. Regardless of a candidate’s philosophical bent, when one of them puts forth a solid proposal, it is time to listen. Such is the case with the suggestion of Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., to extricate the United States from Iraq without going to either of the two extremes of immediate troop withdrawal or victory by insurgent rebels. In both the Republican and Democratic presidential debates, Biden and Brownback are showing us a way out of Iraq, if only we would listen.
The Biden-Brownback plan would assist Iraq by giving each of the three ethno-religious groups — Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds — a substate under the overall federation to pursue their interests. In effect Biden and Brownback would create a sort of “United States of Iraq.” The plan would end the oil feud by dividing revenue equitably among the three groups — a cheap price for us to yield, given oil’s estimated $15 billion annual value, versus our paying more than $100 billion a year for the war (we were wrong that oil would pay for the war).
A United States of Iraq. I like the sound of that. It sounds like the tolling of the Liberty Bell.
Brownback stated, “I have been endorsing and speaking often around the country about this notion of a federated system in Iraq, of the need for a three-state, one-country solution, with Baghdad as a federal city, where we have a Sunni area, a Shia area and a Kurdish region…. This sort of sectarian division of areas is allowed in the Iraqi constitution. The Kurdish area is (already) being operated by the Kurds. The oil revenues,… equally divided up around the country, are the glue to hold this system together…. I urge the (Bush) administration to push this, and even bring these leaders together in-country or outside of the country to push this form of political solution.”
Senator Brownback has been talking about this solution for quite some time. Have you been paying attention? But can such a plan work?
This concept has worked before — in Bosnia. A decade ago, Bosnia was being torn apart by ethnic cleansing. The United States intervened decisively to keep the country intact by dividing it into ethnic federations. Muslims, Croats and Serbs were allowed to retain separate armies. With the help of the international community, Bosnians have lived the past 10 years in peace. They are in the process of strengthening their central government and disbanding their military forces.
The more Brownback speaks, the more Presidential he sounds. But will Republican voters break the RINO spell cast over them by the pretenders, the current front-runners, known collectively as Rudy McRomney? Will they pay attention to the one true principled conservative Republican?
I have faith in G-d and the intelligence of the American voter. Brownback continues raising campaign contributions and quietly running a successful (slow and steady) race. Sam Brownback needs to cut through the veneer of MSM lies and distortion but it is no easy task. When the American people are able to hear the good Senator’s message I know that they will make the right choice.