Maliki Cracks Down

On Moqtada al-Sadr. And on the press in Iraq.

The first is good news and may show us that Maliki finally sees the light on Sadr. Or it may be just more of his gameplaying wrt the Jaish al-Mahdi.

The second may, as Bob points out, result in more leaks coming out of the Iraqi government. If it’s a response to the Jamil X situation, information freelancers and confusion within the MoI, it’s a very heavyhanded one and it seems to me to be likely to backfire.