Plagiarists’ corner

Senator Joseph Biden (D-MBNA) joins with former Council on Foreign Relations chairman Leslie Gelb to write an op-ed in the Grey Lady to… wait for it… suggest that Iraq be divided administratively into its three religio-ethnic (Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish) regions.
Jebus. Never heard that before… except perhaps here… I, of course, make no claim to original thinking on this point… It has really been an issue since the British and French smashed Iraq together shortly after World War I out of ethnically mutually-hostile pieces of the defeated Ottoman Empire… Of course, this sort of internal break-up was the subject of Iraq’s constitutional discussions now, for years, with the minority Sunnis not so keen on being shunted into a rump statelet conveniently gerry-mandered out of oil revenues… Somehow, a proposal I read recently by Steve Forbes of all people (free sign-up required) elegantly solves this, by dividing all Iraqi revenue among all Iraqi people in the model of Alaska’s various programs to its state residents, regardless of region or ethnicity. Of course, that sort of thing would be creative, so… don’t count on anything like it ever happening.
The best part of the Biden article is buried down the text: Colin Powell, it seems, believed that the American troop strength in Iraq selected by Rumsfeld (for domestic political reasons rather than military necessity reasons, of course) was inadequate, and apparently, was not reticent about saying it. For her part, his successor Dr. Incompetetentalleezza Rice tells us she has no memory of such conversations, and “a good Secretary of State knows his or her place.”
Yeah. What Condi said. She would also wish everybody a Happy May Day, and say something like… workers of the world… just stop bitching and get back to work!