Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Rick James, Bitch!

Too bad John Kerry's bonehead statement distracted voters' attention from this latest discouraging story out of Iraq. I remember how upset I was during various conflicts in the 1990s such as Bosnia with how comfortable President Clinton appeared to be in allowing our troops to take orders from foreign commanders. However, now in the context of a 3 1/2 year old war that I'm not sure if we can win, this story is about a million times worse:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. troops lifted roadblocks around a Baghdad militia stronghold on Tuesday when Iraq's prime minister ordered them out, flexing his political muscle after a week of public friction with Washington ahead of U.S. elections.

Supporters of anti-American Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr celebrated in the streets of Sadr City, bastion of his Mehdi Army. An aide hailed the end of a "barbaric siege" begun to help find a kidnapped U.S. soldier possibly being held by militiamen.

But Iraq's Sunni vice president said the move could spell an end to a lull in sectarian death squad violence. The once dominant Sunni minority blames much of the killing on the Mehdi Army and Washington is pressing Maliki to disband the movement.

An aide to Maliki said it had been "discussed" with the U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and commander General George Casey. But military spokesmen were caught unaware by the lunchtime announcement, which set a 5 p.m. deadline for opening roads.

Residents of Sadr City immediately took to the streets to celebrate this victory over the United States. So now President Bush has let us officially become Prime Minister Maliki's bitch? And I suppose that would also make us the bitch for the bitch of terrorist Moqtada al-Sadr. But yet it is "disloyal" tv stations like CNN or "unpatriotic" Congressman like John Murtha that are responsible for inflaming the Sunni insurgency in Iraq? Right.

I suggest that sad is the day when the headlines read, "U.S. troops do (fill in the blank) at the orders of the Prime Minister of (fill in the blank) country." Thanks once again, Rummy!


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