Richard S. Russell wrote:Actually, if the US subsidized moving expenses for everyone who wanted to relocate (way cheaper than what we're doing now), a trifurcation would work just slick, and we could convince the Turks to support it because we'd pay to expatriate all their Kurds who wanted to move across the border to their new homeland. Not sure who'd get all the oil reserves, tho.
Well, that's the beauty of a really weak federation - you could make the oil reserves "national" with a predefined split, and any autonomous region/state claiming true and absolute nationhood or joining another nation would lose out on the profits. I was picturing that certain oilfields and the most godforsaken desert out on the west of the country might remain national lands, the Um Qasr port would remain a special federal region under lease to the British, etc. It all seemed to make perfect sense - pity it had nothing to do with what really happened.
Above all else, it would have been nice to officially set the Kurds up right, so that Americans could point to thus-and-such a group that helped them that actually WON BIG in the long term and didn't end up as boat people or something.