Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Moqtada al-Sadr has over 60,000 in his militia!

Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr reportedly has over 60,000 in his militia according to CNN reports today. According to the report, the army was trained in Iran and many joined the fight in Lebanon via Syria.

If there is any doubt left that Moqtada al-Sadr is not a force to reckon with, they are mistaken. In a sense, he has an active militia 1/2 the size of all U.S. forces in Iraq. This is why it is so important for us to leave Iraq. Let Sunnis and Shiites fight it out and hopefully a leader of the Sunnis will emerge and maybe then there can be peace for Iraq.

Colin Powell in the pre war days warned President Bush and VP Cheney, "If you break it, you own it!" There is no doubt it is broken and there is no question the fault lies with both of them. Let this be President Bush's main legacy for his $100 million dollar Presidential Library. I can't think of even one reason another American should die there. Will Democrats have the guts to demand what's the only way out? Bring the troops home!

UPDATE: Nov.29, 2006 at 6:00am PST

Well Moqtada al-Sadr has kept one promise. Those loyal to him have pulled their support for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and left Parliament. This could result in Maliki being removed or a collapse of the entire Maliki government. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Nov. 29, 2006 at 6:45am PST

Moqtada al-Sadr's office has asked Prime Minister Maliki to provide a timetable for all US troops and multi national forces to leave Iraq. It is humorous and could be something you might see on Jay Leno's opening comedic preamble, that now it is clear that on both sides of this issue (Democrats and a few brave Republicans like Senator Chuck Hagel) want our troops home. Let's show real courage as Americans and admit a mistake was made going into Iraq and that we will be making a bigger one by staying there. I wouldn't want my kids fighting over there now and can't imagine the stress other families face each day with their kids there.


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