Sadr Rules

"Terrorist" Released:

At the crux of Mr. Maliki’s problem lies Mr. Sadr . . . American commanders have been pressing Iraqi officials to launch an all-out assault against the Mahdi Army’s strongholds, but Mr. Maliki, who relies on Mr. Sadr for political backing, has resisted.

These tensions played out today when the Maliki government demanded that the American military command release a senior aide to Mr. Sadr who had been captured on Tuesday on suspicion of attacking American forces and of directing kidnappings, killings and torture of Sunni Arabs and Shiites.

The American military command provided no explanation for the release of the aide, Sheik Mazin al-Saedi, except to say it was in response to a request by the Iraqi government.

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  • Re: Sadr Rules (none / 0) (#1)
    by john horse on Wed Oct 18, 2006 at 10:39:08 PM EST
    The problem with al Sadr helps to illustrate the mess that Bush has gotten us into in Iraq.  Bush supports the Maliki government.  The Maliki government needs the support of al Sadr, whose followers have fought against and killed American soldiers, in order to stay in power.  As a result we cannot launch a full all-out assault against Sadr because that would destroy the Maliki government.  So we end up fighting al Sadr with one hand tied behind our back.  Tell me again how we are going to win this war.

    By the way, to give you an idea of what type of people our American soldiers have been fighting and dying for, this is the same al Sadr who said that "the fall of the American Twin Towers" was part of God's plan.  

    Iraq Retrospective (none / 0) (#2)
    by John Mann on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 01:19:32 PM EST
    Fascinating collection of quotations on Iraq

    Very interesting to compare these remarks with today's reality.

    Short of killing everyone in Iraq, it is not possible for America to "win" this war, despite Mr. Bush's assurances to the contrary.