Juan Cole sums it up:
The death toll in Thursday's massive assault on Sadr City by Sunni Arab guerrillas has risen above 200. Trains of bodies have been delivered to the Valley of Peace cemetery outside Najaf, which is said to contain 2 million graves.
Friday morning, Shiite militiamen in Sadr City largely ignored clerical calls for restraint and continued to target Sunni Arab neighborhoods with mortar fire.
Al-Zaman reports in Arabic that at one point the Mahdi Army rounded up Sunni youths in the District of al-Jamilah and took them to a square and publicly executed them. The Sunni quarter of Adhamiyah took a constant rain of katyusha rockets.
Are we doing any good? What more would John McCain's Neverland contingent do? A policy conceived by hubris and ignorance doomed to failure.
Iraq is a truly sad affair. "victory" in any sense of the word is unattainable. The only way to get anywhere close is to commmit about 150,000 more troops but that is not politically possible. Maybe Iran and Syria will help, but I think Iran wants to see the situation deteriorate more so it can push a theocracy into power. They are certainly revelling in the United States' predictament. It is truly a sad state of affairs.
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I don't know that more troops is possible given the current state of the army. I'm very concerned that without a change we will face a choice between staying in Iraq and destroying the volunteer military.
Kevin Drum made a good point yesterday about all the people we leave behind if we pull out. Anyone who has worked with us is likely to be a prime target to be killed as soon as we were gone and will be pretty desperate to get out when we do. It gave me a mental image of that famous rooftop climb to a helicopter.
Are there any good answers? What's the least worst solution?
We are going to accelerate training and be out by next June. That is what I took from the meeting with the Iraqi prime minister. Cross your fingers.
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