There is little that I can add to what other bloggers — and even the MSM — have already been saying about the flight of militia leader Moqtada al Sadr from Baghdad to Iran. ABC reports:
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.”
It seems the surge is already working.
At Powerline, John Hinderaker thinks his departure will undercut the morale of his troops, writing that “this will make it more difficult to sell the footsoldiers who stayed behind on the desirability of martyrdom.” Or, as Captain Ed puts it, “Who’s going to fight for someone who won’t stand up for himself?”
With one of the leading terrorists in flight, we see some success to the president’s new strategy. But, the success of this strategy likely won’t matter much to his perennial critics. Merely because it is President George W. Bush’s strategy, his critics find it to be a failure, even if it is similar to plans they put forward before the election. And I dare say House Democrats will still vote on a resolution to oppose this so-far successful strategy.
Or, as Captain Ed puts it, “Nancy Pelosi will be holding a debate to disapprove of a strategy that has already demonstrated success.”