Sadr: Mahdi army takin’ a break

posted at 2:44 pm on August 29, 2007 by see-dubya

All that killin’ and oppressin’ and condemnin’ wears a guano-crazy fundamentalist paramilitary down, you know. So they’re closed for six months during which they’ll rest up, purge the unfaithful, and quit attacking Coalition forces.

Whether Coalition forces quit attacking them, we’ll have to see.

In case Iraq misses their smiling, hooded faces, however, they left a little going-away presents with their rivals yesterday.

P.S. Cue the Left’s noisemakers: This does not mean we are any safer!!! We’re still losing!!!

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“The aim is to reorganize the militia but not to dismantle it. It is also an effort **to root out the rogue elements”.

** Translation: get rid of those who make peace with the US.

P.S. Cue the Left’s noisemakers: This does not mean we are any safer!!! We’re still losing!!!

Driving-over-the-cliff episode 10,002 coming right up!!
My euphoria knows no bounds!

Mcguyver on August 29, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Is this the equivalent of a kid saying “time-out!” when playing tag and realizing he can’t outrun the person chasing him?

common sensineer on August 29, 2007 at 3:00 PM

Why isn’t this called a surrender?

BelchSpeak on August 29, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Why? Nuance.

Also because they’re not giving up their guns; it’s a cease fire and I expect it to last as long as the ones in the West Bank did.

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 3:03 PM

No hudnas. Surrender or die, your choice.

Either one works for me.

mojo on August 29, 2007 at 3:05 PM

Tora Bora

tomas on August 29, 2007 at 3:08 PM

Why isn’t this called a surrender?

BelchSpeak on August 29, 2007 at 3:01 PM

IT IS!!!!! You just have to frame it as such!!!! ;>)

PappaMac on August 29, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Let’s institute the same sort of cease fire that the Jihadis like to use – the one where we use the cease fire to upgrade, increase strength, surround the enemy and at the end of the period, destroy htem

Defector01 on August 29, 2007 at 3:12 PM

OVERHEARD AT MAHDI ARMY HQ:

“Abdul, it is only for a couple of months. Moqtadah says this is the will of Allah.”

“Whatever. Mo is the boss and will get his full medical and dental. Not that he ever uses the dental…”

“Your jokes are close to blasphemy, Abdul.”

“Get real, Hassan! This is a layoff plain and simple. We’re not coming back in six months–no pay, no benefits, no 72 virgins.”

“This is an outrage! I am the 32nd son of a sheik and do not wish to get a job at Falafel Hut!”

ScottMcC on August 29, 2007 at 3:14 PM

This guy has quit the fight more times then Fred! hasn’t announced. He realized that now that the Sunni’s have turned on Al Queda and are starting to work alongside the Americans that leaves us to train our attention on him and his band of thugs. He always quits when the heat gets too hot, but this time even though Maliki doesn’t like it, we need to go after them anyway. The Shiite insurgency backed by Iran is just as much the threat that the Sunni insurgent was being backed by Al Queda. Sadr is just the front man who fashions himself to be a Nasarallh, who heads Hezbollah.
To Gen Petraeus, finish it this time. No retreat, no surrender and only the unconditional surrender of the enemy is acceptable.

LakeRuins on August 29, 2007 at 3:19 PM

Loved the “Red Dawn” quote. In his defence, all that hate keeps him warm.

Krydor on August 29, 2007 at 3:20 PM

In his defence, all that hate blubber keeps him warm

see-dubya on August 29, 2007 at 3:20 PM

If american deaths go down sharply it will say a lot.

tomas on August 29, 2007 at 3:21 PM

Lets all remember that their “religion” uses lying as a weapon against the unbelievers. When the killing continues, what – “the Americans are killing their own to make us look bad!” I’m sure Colmes would run with something like that…

JWS on August 29, 2007 at 3:30 PM

Mahdi army takin’ a break = ‘reload’.

Sadr’s got da crazy eyes.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 29, 2007 at 3:30 PM

This does not mean we are any safer!!! We’re still losing!!!

You forgot There’s no political progress!!!

Although I can’t see how this wouldn’t help with the political situation. Hopefully it will soon be time for the left to find the newest biggest problem again.

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 29, 2007 at 3:32 PM

It will be interesting to see how we handle this “break” by the Mahdi Army and one must wonder why they are wanting a break in the hostilities anyway if they are not losing as the liberal left here always wants to claim.

Only the liberals in Congress want the US to find defeat when we appear to be on the march to victory.

Scorched_Earth on August 29, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Let’s just call this another “sitzkreig,” shall we? And, just like in the last one, the enemy simply used it as preparation for more war. We should continue [or, maybe, start] to try and annihilate Sadr and his vermin.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM

Defector01 on August 29, 2007 at 3:12 PM

I’m sure that this is what it is. If the Iraqi security forces can get trained and up to speed in six months, it will be very difficult for the Mahdi army to re-establish itself.

Keep the preasure on!

Harpoon on August 29, 2007 at 4:18 PM

And what we have done if Hitler wanted to spend a few months in his mountain fortress trying on uniforms and chillin’ ?

Iran and their stooges are running out of steam. Time to take it to ‘em in a big way.

What’s with the sheet cape? A whole new Batman with a smelly turban look?

Hening on August 29, 2007 at 4:20 PM

I know I know…the real world is a tricky place, but wouldn’t it great if we could take a page from the master of all things war, no, not Sun Szu (sp), but CONAN!

“Conan! What is good in life?”

“To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of da vimen!

I mean, since we’re quoting old movies and all.

Montana on August 29, 2007 at 4:25 PM

Isn’t he disobeying the laws all Mohammedians must follow in relation to warring on the infedels?

VolMagic on August 29, 2007 at 4:26 PM

*infidels

VolMagic on August 29, 2007 at 4:27 PM

Heh heh wait till gets gets the personal call from Gen Petraeus and the General tells him, sorry a$$hole no timeout allowed in war.

doriangrey on August 29, 2007 at 4:48 PM

“Conan! What is good in life?”

The age of Conan is long gone. Here’s the proper answer.

The most salient difference between warfighting and policing is the moral permissibility of noncombatant and bystander casualties. In warfighting, noncombatant casualties are permitted as long as combatants observe the restrictions of proportionality and discrimination. In policing, bystanders may not be harmed intentionally under any circumstances. Failure to observe this rule undermines the peace—often tenuous in these circumstances—that military action has achieved.

FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 29, 2007 at 4:54 PM

So let’s recap

1) Al-Douri and ex-Baathists coming back to the government

2) Sadr stops militias from continuing violence.

3) Security crackdown from the Surge has reduced deaths and kept areas secure.

Yup, through my liberal-lens glasses it appears we’ve just about lost the whole thing. And thank God the great secular spirit we have.

Kendrick on August 29, 2007 at 4:58 PM

Translation:

Tater calls timeout so he can re-arm and re-cruit, and re-train his army of thugs and murderers in Iran.

Left says we must all cooperate and give him his time-out.

CrazyFool on August 29, 2007 at 5:23 PM

This is a positive development the surge is working very well and the security situation in Iraq has dramatically improved. It’s rather hard to argue that the surge isn’t working when these savages need six months off to regroup. The media will spin this, but they can’t portray the enemy admitting their need to rehabilitate the organization as anything but a huge military victory for us.

This suspension of attacks will just enable the dems to increase their demands that we bring the troops home.

doingwhatican on August 29, 2007 at 5:50 PM

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 29, 2007 at 4:54 PM

LOL!!

I’ll pick Conan’s style, and pray that I am not the one being “driven before him”.

Montana on August 29, 2007 at 6:01 PM

To paraphrase Patton:

When your enemy takes a breather, start strangling him!

Attack the sleazy weasel now.

He’s expecting us to be as stupid as we have been every previous time he pulled this gambit.

Attack!

profitsbeard on August 29, 2007 at 7:17 PM

Montana-

I think Conan stole that line from Ghengis Khan.

profitsbeard on August 29, 2007 at 7:21 PM

SCORRREEEE!!! We got ‘em on the run keep at ‘em boys! Boy this will really irk some dems when that report comes out next month.

boomer on August 29, 2007 at 8:42 PM

Sadr: boom boom, out go the lights!

dmann on August 30, 2007 at 12:24 AM

First of all the question has to be asked: Is this report true? Remember, this news comes from AFP, and fakery is not a tactic they won’t use.

If true, the next question is WHY? What does he hope to gain from a 6 month lay-off that WE won’t be participating in? 6 months is more then enough time for us and the Iraqis to destroy Al Qaeda, institute a formal reconcillation with the Sunni tribes, including al Douri, the chief of the Saddamist insurgency, the Kurds, and the Iraqi government, giving Mooky a unified Iraq that will include not just the enemies of his blood (Sunnis), but other Shiite groups.

I think there are only three possibilities here. His army is going under and he’s acting out of the best motives to stop the bloodshed, because he now believes he’ll get a better deal as part of the government than as insurgents. Or, two, he has no intention to quit for very long; that this is a ruse, and he will be re-attack at his convenience.

Or, three, this is all a lie.

georgej on August 30, 2007 at 7:31 AM

kill that SOB !!!!!!!

AntiDem on August 30, 2007 at 7:52 AM

georgej on August 30, 2007 at 7:31 AM

Or, three, this is all a lie.

Well actually georgej their is really only one option, and that is the one you gave first,

that His army is going under and he’s acting out of the best motives to stop the bloodshed, because he now believes he’ll get a better deal as part of the government than as insurgents

Why do I say this? well because the statements are coming from Arab muslims terrorists. Options 2 and 3 are automatic givens. If it isnt Option 1 then they are lying and it is a ruse. It’s a tactic that all of the Arab Muslim terrorists fighting Israel have used time and time again, they have even used it against us in Iraq before, and as when they used it against Israel it worked, so of course its a given they would use it again.

doriangrey on August 30, 2007 at 10:01 AM

If things do quiet down for over a month the Dems will jump on it as justification for calling “Mission Accomplished- now let’s pull out of there”.
Because it would be inhumane to continue to fight an enemy who has stopped (momentarily)fighting. As if playground rules apply to war.

Doug on August 30, 2007 at 10:33 AM