Nouri Al-Maliki = Leeroy Jenkins

March 28th, 2008at 06:53pm Posted by Eli

Brilliant.

You’d think installing the guy and having 150,000 troops there to underwrite his government would at least buy American forces a heads up. You’d be wrong.

Maliki decided to launch the offensive without consulting his U.S. allies, according to administration officials.

Well, then at the very least, you’d think that with 150,000 troops stationed in Iraq, the Administration would have some idea of what is going on. You’d be wrong.

With little U.S. presence in the south, and British forces in Basra confined to an air base outside the city, one administration official said that “we can’t quite decipher” what is going on. It’s a question, he said, of “who’s got the best conspiracy” theory about why Maliki decided to act now.

Well, then you’d assume that if Maliki decided to do this without giving any real indication to the U.S. government, we aren’t actually going to get our troops involved in the fray. Wrong again.

U.S. forces in armored vehicles battled Mahdi Army fighters Thursday in Sadr City, the vast Shiite stronghold in eastern Baghdad, as an offensive to quell party-backed militias entered its third day. Iraqi army and police units appeared to be largely holding to the outskirts of the area as American troops took the lead in the fighting.

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“Culture of dependency” isn’t just a talking point invented by opponents of the war. It’s a way of life for the Iraqi government. They do stupid things that put our troops at risk for their own political benefit because they know that American troops will step into the breech and cover their asses.

So al-Maliki goes off half-cocked and our troops have to go chasing after him without any warning or preparation? Faaantastic. Good thing al-Sadr doesn’t have any dragons.

(Note: We should probably not infer that Dubya = The Warcraft Geek Who Meticulously Plans The Operation That Leeroy Screws Up)

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