Mookie Consternation

2 comments April 23rd, 2007at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Well, this is certainly ironic…

MOKTADA AL-SADR’S power is felt from Baghdad to the Beltway even when he has vanished from sight.

For the last month, from a secret location, the young Shiite cleric has fanned the flames of Iraqi nationalism and anti-American sentiment, a sure path to popularity in his frightened, frustrated land.

He organized a protest that drew tens of thousands of people to the Shiite holy city of Najaf to demand an end to the American military presence. They burned American flags and chanted, “Death to America!” Then, last week, he withdrew his six cabinet ministers from the government, complaining that it was not doing enough to rid the country of the Americans.

But press his aides for concrete details of a timetable to present to the Americans, and the picture becomes murkier. They say they want the Americans out. But not just yet.

“In order to drive out the occupation, we need to build up the security forces; then we can have a timetable,” said Abdul Mehdi Mutairi, one of Mr. Sadr’s top political officials…. He was referring to the Iraqi government’s largely Shiite army and police, which by all accounts could not yet control Iraqi violence on their own.

So, in other words… “As the Iraqis stand up, we will demand that the Americans stand down”? It kinda sounds like Bush and Sadr might actually be on the same page. I wonder how Sadr intends to deal with the fact that the US has basically given up on training Iraqi forces, which is not mentioned in the story.

I’m not sure which is more surprising, that, or this:

“The Sadrists, I’ve said all along, operate on a Hezbollah model,” [a senior secular Iraqi] official said, referring to the nationalist Lebanese Shiite group that has successfully fought Israel. “But Hassan Nasrallah is much more sophisticated than Moktada al-Sadr. Mookie is a reflection of the rough world of Iraqi Shia, and Hassan Nasrallah is a reflection of the sophisticated world of Lebanese Shia.”

Mookie??? The Scary Islamist Boogeyman is nicknamed Mookie? As a Mets fan, I find this very disturbing – it’s like a Red Sox fan discovering that Osama’s nickname is “Big Papi.”

Entry Filed under: Iraq,War


  • 1. Ruth  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    I have it on the best (i.e. nonexistent) authority that Osama is nicknamed Ozzie.

  • 2. Eli  |  April 23rd, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Good thing I’m not a Cards fan, then.

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