Way back in 2006, Joe Biden said we should carve up Iraq into three parts — Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd.
That’s what’s happening on the ground right now. If Maliki can hold Baghdad and the Shia provinces in the south (a huge if), how is he going to dislodge ISIS from the Sunni areas, how is he going to dislodge the Kurds from Kirkuk, which they’ve long claimed as their “capital,” and now completely control.
The Biden plan is being implemented de facto, if not de iure.
On his 90th birthday, let’s remember that George H. W. Bush kicked Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, but refused to kick him out of Baghdad. Bush knew Saddam was a monster, but he was a bulwark against Iran who ran a secular regime with a strong, educated middle class. Bush 41 knew that we were better off keeping Saddam, so long as that meant keeping him from expanding his borders and from gassing the Kurds.
What’s happening right this minute is the fault of Bush 43 for going in, not of Obama for getting out.