Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Great. Just Great.

From the San Francisco Examiner online today:
(01-10) 12:09 PST Washington -- President Bush's new plan to add more than 21,000 U.S. troops to retake Baghdad from insurgents and sectarian militias, to be outlined in a prime-time speech tonight, was presented to him in Jordan late last November by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a top administration official said Wednesday.
Nori al-Maliki is of course, beholden to the Shiite militias, including the Madhi Army, led by Moqtada al-Sadr. Remember when al-Maliki made the US forces in Baghdad take down roadblocks surrounding Sadr City:
Maliki's decision exposed the growing divergence between the U.S. and Iraqi administrations on some of the most critical issues facing the country, especially the burgeoning strength of Shiite militias. The militias are allied with the Shiite religious parties that form Maliki's coalition government, and they are accused by Sunni Arab Iraqis and by Americans of kidnapping and killing countless Sunnis in the soaring violence between Iraq's Shiite majority and Sunni minority.
Sadr City is the base of the country's most feared militia, the Mahdi Army, which answers to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. Sadr's strongly anti-American bloc is the largest in the Shiite governing coalition and was instrumental in making Maliki prime minister five months ago.
From a Washington Post article you can find here.

Why were the roadblocks there? To control movement in and out of Sadr City while soldiers looked for a kidnapped American soldier.

The utter cluelessness of George W. Bush is a source of continuing amazement to Spot. Think what it would be like if Bush had trusted Vladimir Putin? Oh, wait; he did! Never mind.

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