Sitting bravely behind concrete walls while visiting Iraq this weekend, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose to channel her boss (circa 2003) by responding to Muqtada al-Sadr's latest threat with an official "taunt" from the U.S. government:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward on Sunday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers. ...(read on)
VetVoice's' Brandon Friedman goes on to explain that this "actually provides a huge piece of propaganda for Sadr, who can now use it as a rallying point for his followers who will view this as a challenge to their honor," and just when the surge was beginning to work so well.
Spencer Ackerman has more.