Monday, April 16, 2007

Is our surges working?

Yes yes, just for the wrong side. Make that "sides", plural. Details, details! Georgie's not a Detail Guy.

Despite Senator McCain's happy-snappy little shopping trip in Baghdad (the market he visited was blown up the next day), in reality things are sucking pretty badly in Iraq. The last week has seen increasing violence (a section of the parliament building, in the safest part of Iraq, was blown up), mass protests against the US occupation and more signs of the Iraqi government's instability. Radical cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr, whose followers and friends include the Iraqi puppet-PM, has decided to take his team out of the parliamentary process over the PM's refusal to set a timeline for withdrawal of US troops:

"BAGHDAD — Cabinet ministers loyal to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr resigned on Monday to protest the prime minister's refusal to set a timetable for an American withdrawal, raising the prospect that the Mahdi Army militia could return to the streets of Baghdad."

Al-Sadr has told his followers to fight against the US. So the current dynamics are: Sunni vs. US, Sunni vs. Shia, Shia vs. US, Sunni and Shia vs. Iraqi parliament -- add al qaeda -- and stir! A real free-for-all. Well, the word "free" is in there, right? Details! The free-for-all is on the march! Mission accomplished!