Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Did Mookie Call It Quits?
Chris Allbritton says "Not So Fast".
Good news out of Iraq is becoming almost a daily event: In just the past week, we learned that U.S. combat fatalities (five) dropped in July to a low for the war, that key leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq have fled to the Pakistani hinterland, that troop deployments will soon be cut to 12 months from 15, and that Washington and Baghdad are close to concluding a status-of-forces agreement.
Now this: Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr plans to announce Friday that he will disarm his Mahdi Army, which was raining mortars on Baghdad's Green Zone as recently as April. Coupled with the near-total defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq, this means the U.S. no longer faces any significant organized military foe in the country. It also marks a major setback for Iran, which had used the Mahdi Army as one of its primary vehicles for extending its influence in Iraq.
Maybe the story is B.S. and maybe it ain't. But despite Allbritton's sarcastic tone, I say you win by winning. If Mookie thinks he has to talk in soft wimpering tones, its better news than if he felt secure to use the retarded bluster we all know so well.
Mookie "seemed to be more clarifying earlier instructions to his people than issuing new ones. He will still maintain secret cells to attack U.S. troops, for instance."
Then he speculates, "and does the Journal really want a kinder, gentler