Revisiting Splitting Iraq

An Iraqi man displays military badges at a shop in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.

Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, Daily Beast contributor, and author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy, and then-Senator Joe Biden proposed splitting Iraq along sectarian lines in 2006, a road not taken that now looks prescient. He talks about that proposal and what options still exist.