March 25, 2008

While giving one of his standard "we're winning in Iraq...I don't care what you say" speeches today, Senator McCain was interrupted by MSNBC with some breaking news of violence from that country. Turns out Muqtada al-Sadr, whose cease-fire agreement was a major component to the declining violence, has decided he doesn't want to play nice anymore, with forces loyal to him clashing with Iraqi forces in Southern Iraq, leading to at least 50 deaths and 120 wounded.

I can't think of a more appropriate (although depressing) way to call McCain out on his BS.

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georgia10 has more on the Glorious Surge.


Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged the Iraqi government to end a crackdown on his militia after two days of fighting left more than 100 people dead across southern Iraq, an aide said Wednesday.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is leading the operation personally, his office said, with U.S. and British troops playing support roles.

The fighting threatens to unravel a seven-month cease-fire with al-Sadr's supporters. U.S. commanders credit it with tamping down Iraq's sectarian warfare.

Read Nir Rosen's article in Rolling Stone: The Myth of the Surge

Hoping to turn enemies into allies, U.S. forces are arming Iraqis who fought with the insurgents. But it's already starting to backfire. A report from the front lines of the new Iraq

Since John McCain has virtually staked his candidacy over the Iraq war, will the renewed violence in Basra trump any gains he's made in the run up to the Presidency?

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