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Sadr on the Run
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Tuesday, February 13, 2007

From Fox News, we get this:
Anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr fled Iraq for Iran ahead of a security crackdown in Baghdad and the arrival of 21,500 U.S. troops sent by President Bush to quell sectarian violence, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Al-Sadr left his Baghdad stronghold some weeks ago, the official said, and is believed to be in Tehran, where he has family.
That leads to some interesting questions. The article itself says "The [senior US] official... said fractures in al-Sadr's political and militia operations may be part of the reason for his departure." Is the Mahdi Army becoming unstable? If so, why? Internal pressure from other Iraqis? Continued pressure from the US? Fatigue?

I also wonder what prompted Sadr to take off. Was he tipped off by someone in the Iraqi government that the gloves are now off? Is he having nightmares about the way Zarqawi got taken out? If he did get such a message, was it because of a legitimate threat? Or was it clever disinformation?

Under what conditions will he come back?

And one last comment. After hearing about the sniper rifles that apparently found their way to Iraq from Iran, and the explosive devices that were probably made there, and now Sadr taking refuge in Teheran, are the anti-war folks ready to concede that a lot of our difficulty in making Iraq successful is because Iran doesn't want it to be? For a crew that seems to connect an awful lot of nebulous dots on matters such as 9/11, these folks seem singularly uninterested in connecting dots concerning Iran.

 
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Also, Iraq is closing its borders with Iran and Syria.

I must also comment on what horrible timing it is to be voting on a resolution condemning a strategy already showing to be successful.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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"Iraq is closing its borders with Iran and Syria."

That will probably work as well as our closing of our border with Mexico.
 
Written By: timactual
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This is a good start towards victory....maybe Iraq govt will do what it is supposed to do.

Lets get it on!
 
Written By: shark
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For a crew that seems to connect an awful lot of nebulous dots on matters such as 9/11, these folks seem singularly uninterested in connecting dots concerning Iran.
Well if we classify Iranians as local people with a culture opposed to democracy that will not surrender to a foreign aggressor, it is possible to credit the anti-war crowd as having been pointing out this link incessently. Eternal middle eastern resistance to democracy has always formed the basis of anti-war folks "quagmire" scenario.

Compare this to the Bushies who have been saying for 3 years that resistance is down to a few bad apples. And have seemingly just cottoned on to the possibility that these few apples may in fact contain 68 million Persians.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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This is a good start towards victory....maybe Iraq govt will do what it is supposed to do.

Lets get it on!
1. What are you smoking?

2. Where can I get some?
 
Written By: Big Red One
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I just read the story concerning Sadr’s "retreat" into Iran and only now fully understand the extent to which this is completely insignificant. Sadr goes to Iran ALL THE TIME! This is routine. The White House hack leaking this information even says so in the story.

The fact is, whether Sadr continues to bribe/blackmail the utterly corrupt Iraqi Government into supproting his agenda or he is finally killed by US forces makes no difference to the situation on the ground. Killing Zarqawi certainly didn’t have any positive affect.

But as the leaked GOP congessional memo makes clear, that doesn’t matter. GOPers don’t give a damn about winning the war, they just want to win elections. At this point, they’ll do anything to avoid accountability for botching the Iraq War in the hopes of retaining what power they still have. And their supporters will gladly sacrifice US soldiers and marines to keep them in power. Apparently, their motivation for doing so is the fear that a government led by Democrats will raise their taxes.

Disgusting.
 
Written By: Big Red One
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Well, this just goes to show how Rummy and the other leaders fouled things up for three years. We change the strategy, and even before we get any new troops, we start getting positive results. To Bad Bush had to wait so long to fire those bunglers and try something new.
 
Written By: kyle N
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Sadr goes to Iran ALL THE TIME!
For weeks at a time? When the border is closed? We’ll see.
Killing Zarqawi certainly didn’t have any positive affect.
Yeah AlQaeda been making such great progress in Iraq lately.
GOPers don’t give a damn about winning the war, they just want to win elections.
The surge—and the accompanying change in tactics—is certainly more likely to win in the short term than redeployment/withdrawal is. In fact, the Democrat’s plan is the only thing which can garrantee a loss.
And their supporters will gladly sacrifice US soldiers and marines to keep them in power.
The Democrats are perfectly happy to ensure the past sacrifices are in vain, because that helps the Democrat politically. And in fact, if the "Surge" doesn’t have good results, then that will be very good for the Democrats.

So I don’t think you have a clue what would "keep them in power".
Apparently, their motivation for doing so is the fear that a government led by Democrats will raise their taxes.
And when the economy tanks because the Dems raise taxes, where does that leave the war effort? It’s not like these things are independent of each other.

And it does go to show the Democrats make the Republicans look good.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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GOPers don’t give a damn about winning the war, they just want to win elections
Yeah, they should spend their time passing NONBINDING resolutions!!

 
Written By: shark
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I must also comment on what horrible timing it is to be voting on a resolution condemning a strategy already showing to be successful.
D*mn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!

It would be nice if they’d buy a clue, shut up for a while, and see how this plays out, but they’ve invested so much in telling us how wrong it is, they can’t afford to be wrong themselves.

So, look for continued efforts to make (Bush’s) failure a self-fulfilling wish.

Interesting that I just this morning finished reading a letter from a guy recently posted to Baghdad. His overall observations were interesting (that after talking with some Iraqis he saw they didn’t want us there, and they knew we didn’t really want to be there), but his summary was ’get Sadr’ and the militias and a lot of the other stuff would fall into place.
Killing Zarqawi certainly didn’t have any positive affect.
Well, none that you observed anyway.
GOPers don’t give a damn about winning the war, they just want to win elections
Yeah, that’s why the Republicans keep insisting we fight, even after the ’mandate’ from the American People in November that the Dems keep claiming they got. But oddly enough it’s the Dems who want to beat feet and are ready to promise free government subsidized puppies, health care, wages, etc because they’re just interested in "winning the war".
You need to get a new flip book there Kav, this isn’t a ’war’, it’s a quagmire, started based on false information, that is only for oil, and to finish the work that George Sr started, and to permit Halliburton to make oodles of money, and isn’t really linked in any way to the GWOT in the first place.
I’m not sure what version of the talking points you’re using, but ’winning the war’ isn’t one of the standard Democrat (ic left off deliberately) talking points.
Have you been properly vetted?
 
Written By: looker
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You need to get a new flip book there Kav
Kav - sorry, stuck in my head from one of the Global Warming (tm) posts.

This one should have gone out to Big Red One.
 
Written By: looker
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Man, I’m taking sh*t for stuff I haven’t even said!!! ;-)
 
Written By: Kav
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Yeah, I KNOW. Trust me, that was my MY BAD for the week ( I hope ).
I’d been reading your comment on the other line about resisting the urge to hit refresh and thought "heh, I know that feeling".
Somehow that translated out back here.
Again, my apologies.
 
Written By: looker
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Hey looker, I’ve been to Baghdad. It’s a disaster.

I can’t say that I ever read a letter from someone serving there, I just talked to them. So I do want to commend you on your brave and heroic service to the nation in reading letters from guys in Baghdad who share your political worldveiw and tell you what you want to hear. Keep up the good fight.
 
Written By: Big Red One
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Hey looker, I’ve been to Baghdad. It’s a disaster.
Most people who’ve been to Baghdad are producing very high re-enlistment rates.

So I don’t think you’re seeing the real story.

Either that your just lying, trying to mislead us.

It couldn’t be that.

Yours, TDP, ml, msl, & pfpp
 
Written By: Tom Perkins
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GOPers don’t give a damn about winning the war, they just want to win elections
I’m not sure what version of the talking points you’re using, but ’winning the war’ isn’t one of the standard Democrat (ic left off deliberately) talking points.
And that has what to do with these statement in what way, Big Red One?

And yep, I’ve read, and talked face to face over supper, with guys who have been, and are going back.

And since I notice you didn’t claim you actually served (just traveled...and talked) I’ll reserve my thanks for those who I know did and still do.

I’m guessing despite the name you’ve chosen (which I suspect you’ve picked out of childish humor at the sexual reference), you aren’t one of em.
As to your ’trip to Baghdad’, yeah, I’m sure there’s a good story there.
So I do want to commend you on your brave and heroic service to the nation in reading letters from guys in Baghdad who share your political worldveiw and tell you what you want to hear. Keep up the good fight.
And if that was supposed to put me in my place, don’t hold your breath, okay?
 
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