Cheney Gave the OK on Basra?

The Basra offensive, touted by many Iraq War cheerleaders, was supposed to be a shining moment in our occupation in Iraq. It was supposed to be the moment where the Iraqi government could prove that it operated independently of the US, and could take care of matters on its own. As we would learn, at least...

Muqtada al Sadr and the Difference Between Democracy Promotion and Dignity Promotion

For a while, there was quiet. Not total quiet mind you, not the silence of a tomb, but the relative quiet one hears; the soft ringing in the ears after a cacophony of roadside blasts. This is what Iraq had achieved as of late. The violence had dimmed down to a dull thrum and in the absence of relentless...

The Southern Surge

This is interesting: According to senior sources, the offensive [in Basra] was launched three months before [Lieutenant-General Mohan al-Furayji, the Iraqi commander leading the battle against the Mehdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr] had wanted it to, and despite him warning that going in too early would result...