Moqtada al Sadr Ready to Stand Down

by Ryan on August 6, 2008

in International Relations,Media Bias,Politics,The Iraq Front

Little ”Mullah Atari” himself, Moqtada al Sadr, has signaled that the various factions of Sadr’s Madhi Army will put down their guns and become glorified ”community organizers” who will help rebuild Iraq when (or if) he issues his dictates this Friday.

Something that the above article brings home is the flood of good news out of Iraq lately:  most senior AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) members have fled to Pakistan, US troop casualties dropped to the lowest level of the war last month, troop deployments have shrank from 15 to 12 months, Iran’s influence in the South is diminishing, and we’ll get a SOF (status-of-forces) agreement before Bush leaves office.  Add the collapse of AQI across Iraq this year and now the potential capitulation of Sadr’s Mahdi Army and at this moment the US, Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces “no longer faces any significant organized military foe in [Iraq].”

It could all change tomorrow, but for now it seems like victory is no longer an illusion, but a certainty in due course.  When looked at another point of view, the Surge has brought about the speediest and most significant tide-turning of any major military conflict since American entry into World War I ninety years ago. 

AP photo.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

rightonoz August 6, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Having been jumped on from a great hight on another subject, let me be the first to say I was doubtful about the surge, however it has been a great result. If this guy does step aside, then there is even greater hope.

Feel free to say ‘told ya so’

Now if we can only make them spend some of that new oil surplus $ on completing the job we/you started.


Mike August 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I’d agree with your last point if you promise not to scream “war for oil” the second we do.


rightonoz August 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm

The thought never entered my mind!

No, the job has been substantially done, and the free world, mostly the US i spending billions in rebuilding Iraq. For them to start using their own oil revenues for their rebuilding is only right and proper. Heck they could almost contribute a little to Coalition security for their elected officials.


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