Moqtada al Sadr did exactly what I predicted and ran like a rabbit seeking shelter in Iran. Oh, sorry, I forgot for a moment. The jihadis never flee their enemies, they walk briskly over the horizon. At speeds that approach that of light itself, apparently.
Feb. 13, 2007 — While members of the U.S. House of Representatives take turns weighing in on President Bush's planned troop surge in Iraq, the focus in Iraq is not on the arrival of more U.S. troops, but the departure of one of the country's most powerful men, Moqtada al Sadr and members of his army.
According to senior military officials, al Sadr left Baghdad two to three weeks ago and fled to Tehran, Iran, where he has family.
Al Sadr commands the Mahdi army, one of the most formidable insurgent militias in Iraq, and his move coincides with the announced U.S. troop surge in Baghdad.
Sources believe al Sadr is worried about an increase of 20,000 U.S. troops in the Iraqi capital. One official told ABC News' Martha Raddatz, "He is scared he will get a JDAM [bomb] dropped on his house."
Sources say some of the Mahdi army leadership went with al Sadr.
If (some of) our politicians would stop posturing for a moment, they'd understand that the best thing they could do right now is not try to cut the legs out from under out troops and the new commander they just unanimously sent in there to do the job. (And politicians who vote against the surge and are wrong will be in desperately bad shape politically).
But that would be asking many of them to stop pandering. To much for some of them, I guess. Physical cowards like al Sadr are very big on sending other to heaven. Doing so themselves, not so much. In fact not at all, as the dust trails leading to the Iranian border testify. And our media should be shouting the outright cowardice of "Mookie" from the rooftops right now rather than undermining their fellow citizens at every turn.
UPDATE: Exclusive to Blue Crab Boulevard! Mookie Boasts of his prowess!