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Biden Heading To Baghdad Amid Election Tensions (Joe to smooth tensions between Shiites & Sunnis)
NPR ^ | 1/20/10

Posted on 01/21/2010 6:22:10 AM PST by Libloather

Biden Heading To Baghdad Amid Election Tensions
by The Associated Press
January 20, 2010

An upcoming election intended to ease Iraq's sectarian rifts is instead dredging up old hostilities — with the White House sending Vice President Joe Biden to smooth tensions between the Shiites who hold power and the Sunnis who want a greater slice of it.

Some Sunni leaders have been outraged by the Shiite-led government's political blacklist against perceived backers of Saddam Hussein's Sunni regime, and by officials in a Shiite holy city vowing to banish any Saddam loyalists before the balloting for parliament in six weeks.

The growing quarrels have pulled Washington back into power plays between the majority Shiites and the Sunnis who seek to regain a stronger political voice in the March 7 elections, which U.S. officials hope could be a milestone for reconciliation and clear the Pentagon to accelerate troop withdrawals.

Iraq's president, Jalal Talabani, said Biden will visit Iraq to press the government to suspend efforts to block suspected members of Saddam's Baath Party from public jobs until after the voting. But Talabani told the Al-Mustaqbal satellite TV channel that it's unclear whether Iraq would agree, saying the government will "move according to Iraqi interests."

Talabani did not say when Biden was scheduled to arrive, but some Arab media reported it could be as early as Thursday. There was no immediate comment from the White House.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdad; biden; election; iraq
Maybe Joe should start out slow by first smoothing tensions in Massachusetts.
1 posted on 01/21/2010 6:22:11 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

He’s going to try to unify the Iraqis? Mr. “Divide the country into three separate states...” is now going to call for unity. Now that’s funny...in a tragic sort of way.


2 posted on 01/21/2010 6:25:35 AM PST by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Libloather

“Stand up Chuck!”


3 posted on 01/21/2010 6:27:20 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: Sudetenland

ROFLL!!!!!!

the same guy who can’t visit a gas station unless he can speak......

oh my....precious....


4 posted on 01/21/2010 6:27:20 AM PST by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: Libloather

Joe: You guys should stop fighting and reconcile. After all, it’s the Christian thing to do.


5 posted on 01/21/2010 6:28:20 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Libloather

This is going to be RICH!


6 posted on 01/21/2010 6:28:52 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: NMEwithin

Don’t forget the beer nuts,Sheriff Joe!


7 posted on 01/21/2010 6:29:03 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: AppyPappy

Ouch !


8 posted on 01/21/2010 6:30:15 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Libloather

He will divide them and sit them down to talk.


9 posted on 01/21/2010 6:31:20 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: Libloather
Holy Shiite. We are trying to get out of Iraq not restart those internal wars.
10 posted on 01/21/2010 6:34:10 AM PST by McGruff (We're Going Rogue Baby!)
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To: Libloather

More likely he’s headed there to delay the signing in of Scott Brown.


11 posted on 01/21/2010 6:34:35 AM PST by Scutter
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To: Libloather

Shared laughter is a great way to ease tension. Maybe sending this buffoon over there is a step in the right direction.


12 posted on 01/21/2010 6:41:48 AM PST by frossca
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To: Libloather

My guess is the mere sight and sound of Joe Biden will convince the Iraqis that they could always have it worse.


13 posted on 01/21/2010 6:43:09 AM PST by Common Sense 101
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To: Libloather

Joe Biden to Baghdad: Target rich environment

Biden to Shia and Sunni leaders at “summit”: “hey guys, I just love those towels you wear on your heads, so what’s the difference a guy wears a blue towel or a white towel? Can’t you guys just get along. You know, I have a higher IQ than Obama.”


14 posted on 01/21/2010 6:44:42 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: Libloather

Good Move /s

Biden will go to Iraq.
Say something bidenistic
The Sunnis and Shiites will laugh their butts off at Biden
And then come to the realization that they don’t have it as bad as America.
They’ll shake hands and be best buds.


15 posted on 01/21/2010 6:46:22 AM PST by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Libloather

Maybe Joe is going to move ahead on his plan to split Iraq into three states because it is impossible for Iraq to function as one.


16 posted on 01/21/2010 6:50:58 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Libloather

What great news. I know I’ll sleep better tonight knowing Joe has things under control.


17 posted on 01/21/2010 6:58:35 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: NMEwithin

“Stand up Saddam!” Let ‘em see ya!”


18 posted on 01/21/2010 7:00:02 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: JewishRighter

Gaffemaster B


19 posted on 01/21/2010 7:01:43 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Libloather

If anyone can say the right thing to bring these groups that have fought for a 1000 years, it’s Joe!


20 posted on 01/21/2010 7:01:51 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Libloather

Can you say “Throwing Gasoline on the Fire”?


21 posted on 01/21/2010 7:14:46 AM PST by eaglesiniowa ((Hope is not a course of action))
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To: Libloather
Slow Joe better watch his back. I'll bet that Obummer sent him there to get him whacked!

Who will the Chitcogo thug put in his place? Nazi Pelosi or Rahm?

22 posted on 01/21/2010 7:19:23 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Libloather
"We can just take turns running the country. First the shia, then the sunni, then the shia...."


23 posted on 01/21/2010 7:21:04 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality.)
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To: Libloather

I hope someone is going to video tape all of this.


24 posted on 01/21/2010 7:27:03 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Libloather

The image of ‘Biden the statesman’ is almost as funny as ‘Gore the scientist’. These guys live in a eerie little fantasy world of convaluted reasoning and bizarre reality. Without the MSM to market them to idiots the whole world would be laughing.


25 posted on 01/21/2010 7:55:20 AM PST by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Libloather
Nobody tell him to duck when the snipers start up, OK?


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

26 posted on 01/21/2010 8:26:17 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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