This has been one of the most interesting 8-year melodramas that an author would hope to be able to write. A psychotic tale filled with intrigue, danger, and stupidity. The stupidity angle, however, would doom the book to the half-off table shortly after publication.
Take this headline running on CNN today: Sources: Iran helped prod al-Sadr cease-fire Odd stuff; odd president. Well, 'odd' is kind. Probably pathological would be a more appropriate descriptive word.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iran was integral in persuading Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to halt attacks by his militia on Iraqi security forces, an Iraqi lawmaker said Monday.
Haidar al-Abadi, who is with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Dawa Party, said Iraqi Shiite lawmakers traveled Friday to Iran to meet with al-Sadr. They returned Sunday, the day al-Sadr told his Mehdi Army fighters to stand down.
News of Iran's involvement in the cease-fire talks came as an al-Maliki spokesman said operations targeting "outlaws" in the Shiite stronghold of Basra would end when the mission's goals were achieved. Earlier, al-Maliki spokesman Sami al-Askari said the operation would be over by week's end, but he later recanted on the timetable.
The lawmakers who traveled to Iran to broker the cease-fire were from five Shiite parties, including the Sadrist movement. Al-Abadi would not say where in Iran the meeting was held.
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Axis of evil: words of speech writer David Frum tripped off the tongue of the vengeful George Bush in his black/white view of the world. Three nations accused and targeted by the 2-dimensional thinking of a man who acts on hunches.
Eight years of hell for this nation. Decades more consequences for our nation.