Iraqi PM Angry Over U.S. Backed Raid
Prime Minister Says He Didn't Approve Raid Targeting Shiite Militia Leader
(CBS/AP) U.S. and Iraqi forces on Wednesday raided Sadr City, the stronghold of the feared Shiite militia led by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki disavowed the operation, saying he had not been consulted and insisting "that it will not be repeated."
The guy in charge of Iraq doesn't want us fighting the insurgents.
So why the hell are we there?
The defiant al-Maliki also slammed the top U.S. military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for saying Iraq needed to set a timetable to curb violence ravaging the country.
"I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it," al-Maliki said at a news conference.
Actually, he's right. If, as Bush says, we have placed in power a sovereign government, we DON'T have the right to impose a timetable.
So we leave. Simple.