Iraq Army Battles Shiites
BAGHDAD — A major battle between the Iraqi army and Shiite Muslim militiamen in the southern city of Diwaniya left more than 40 dead, including 25 soldiers, and more than 90 injured, U.S. and Iraqi military sources said.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which combatants fought through the streets using machine guns, mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. At one point during the battle, which began Sunday night and raged into Monday, militiamen executed a dozen Iraqi soldiers who had run out of ammunition, Maj. Gen. Othman Ghanimi said.
It isn't a civil war, it;'s just a huge battle between the Iraqi army and the Shi'ites - BOTH of whom who are supposed to be our allies and therefore on the same side.
The Shi'ites are led by Muqtada Sadr. Remember him? After we invaded, he commandeered makeshift armies and used them to attack us. He was therefore the Dreadful Evil That Must Be Defeated At All Costs.
Well, he was only evil until we realized that he wasn't going anywhere, and actually had a sizable following in Iraq. Then we decided that it was better to have him inside the tent pissing out than outside pissing in.
So now he's part of our new cabinet. And the official new American-Approved government of Iraq is carrying out sectarian killing and fighting the Iraqi Troops that we are supposedly training. He's inside the tent and pissing in ALL directions.
This is the hugest mess imaginable. Things couldn't have GONE more wrong in Iraq. The Bush administration went in with no plan for ANYTHING that wasn't a rosy best-case scenario. And what they got is the WORST-case scenario.
The clowns who acted like they were all geniuses and nobody else knew what they were talking about were completely unprepared for reality, and are now whining that nobody else can figure out how to clean up the filthy mess that they made.
"We blew it up! Why can't YOU figure out how to put it back together?"
It's pathetic, bit it's actually the best argument that they have left.