Playing Hardball In Iraq

December 27, 2006

Since leading Shi’ite cleric Al-Sistani declined to back a more balanced governing majority coalition in Iraq, the US appears to have stepped up confrontations with the majority Shi’ite faction.

NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – Tension was mounting in the Iraqi city of Najaf after an American soldier killed a senior ally of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr during a raid on his house.

Sadr supporters and local police told AFP Wednesday that US and Iraqi soldiers had stormed the family home of Sahib al-Ameri, the president of a pro-Sadr political foundation in the holy city of Najaf, and shot him dead.

The shooting was justified as Ameri was armed and took position to fire on an Iraqi soldier, however that hasn’t stopped the Sadrists from protesting.

Even more troubling is this report which suggests that two Iranians being held were taken at or near the compound of Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who recently met with President Bush. The Iranians appear to have been working with Iraqi government officials in arming outlaw militias, as well as planning attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces.

Ten people were arrested and "documents, maps, photographs and videos" seized in the raid, which linked them to "illegal activities", he said. After interrogation it was discovered that two of the 10 were Iranians, he added.

"Debriefing of the detainees and investigation of the seized materials has yielded intelligence linking some of the individuals being detained to weapons shipments to illegal armed groups in Iraq," said a US military statement.

"These 10 individuals are still in the custody of coalition forces," said Caldwell, confirming a pre-dawn raid that has increased tensions between the US-led coalition and Iraq’s embattled government.

Iraqi leaders cited by the New York Times, which broke the story last week, said the Iranians were detained at the compound of powerful Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim who met US President Bush at the White House this month.

With a second carrier group soon to be stationed in the region and Iran not moving off of its nuclear development program, to say that tensions are high in the region is an understatement.

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  1. old trooper says:

    It has been hardball for all of our forces there for 5 years, due to timid leadership from D.C. and
    the old Clinton Residue DOD Staffers that wanted nation building and peacekeeping, all they knew, instead, they achieved… TOTAL FAILURE TO…Secure Borders with Iran and Syria, rounding up the Baath Party Leadership, both Military and Civilian, total confiscation and destruction of the Saddam Regimes weaponry and Zero accountability so far for 100s of Millions in Funding, US Tax Payer bucks.
    Those who do fight a war to win or pass out the milk and cookies too early before the war has been won have a lot of explaining to do now.

  2. Darth Malice says:

    Old trooper it has been both sad and true.A real conservative is going to have to sitdown with GW and tell him what we expect.We need someone to tell him to take the darn gloves off.

  3. Phoenix says:

    “Even more troubling…”
    Maybe not. At least the U.S. has these two in custody, and unlike the three Iranians with ‘diplomatic status’ released by the Iraqi forces, the U.S. won’t let these guys go.
    I think this is clever work by our forces. This time there will be ample evidence of Iran’s complicity in harming our efforts. What a bunch of rot in the Iraqi government.

  4. Darth Malice says:

    Pheonix we need to focus on more beat down,less rebuilding.They will hate us anyway,.

  5. Phoenix says:

    I know. That’s what I’m talking about – but not necessarily keeping the beat-down on the same battlefield. Iran is complicit now. We are gathering proof every day. Too bad we have to spend so much time answering to the world before we can do anything. That’s what messed up Israel in their 28 day war. I’m up for a little unilateralism and talk *after*. Then pass out the milk and cookies. Or wine and cheese for the French. Or beer and bratwurst for the Germans. Not that they wouldn’t secretly be cheering us on. And some tofu and bean sprouts for the libs. :0~

  6. The Surge & The Iranians

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  7. Darth Malice says:

    Phoenix it will interesting to see what’s going on.I have noticed that Ethopia has been getting help from us.This is good .GW is going to have to be strong to beat this enemy.I hope he reaches deep.

  8. old trooper says:

    Diplomacy has fallen on it`s ass there. Diplomacy starts fresh after Hostilities are Over.
    Hostilities are in progress. The “Your broke it, You Bought it” mentality is useless and honestly does not apply. It was “Broken” before we got there!
    Wine, Cheese, Bratwurst, Beer or Borscht go over big at the the UN. No One Cheers Us on at this point in time. Winners get cheers, Losers get cheap criticism from punks like Kofi Annan.
    We need to hitch up our britches and Win this one. Or become just another third world country and wait patiently until we get whacked again, at Home.
    Either give them the Big Stick or dick around, waste more money and hunker down for what`s coming.
    FDR would have placed more able Commanders in this fight from the get go and had the less competent ones relieved already.
    It is all about the ratio of Blood, Treasure and Lives spent Re: the Liberation of Nations, Free of Tyrany, Terrorists and Enemies of Western Civilization.
    Post 1940 Democrats and most Post 1940 Republicans do not understand that.
    The current Senate, House and DOD are clueless. Bush & Co. are equally lost.
    They All failed History 101. It ain`t about Polls or UN approval at this point.
    It is All about Killing Terrorists, Securing Borders, Capturing weapons caches, making the Joe Six Pack Iraqi know that He and His will be safe when anyone that wishes him harm is very DEAD.
    Then We pass around the Milk and Cookies. Until then there is a War on.
    Simple stuff.

  9. Darth Malice says:

    ditto trooper

  10. Darth Malice says:

    Hey trooper Vietnam just cutoff North Korea’s access to their banks at our beheast.Gee go Vietnam and Ethiopia!Who da thunk it!

  11. seekeronos says:

    Amen to that. Now if only this common sense approach to this conflict were shared by the policy makers. For those of you who name the Name of Christ as your Lord, I exhort you to call upon Him to work in the hearts of our leaders to meet the threats posed by our enemy Islamist aggressors with courage, decisiveness, and not turn away from striking the enemy until he is vanquished.
    Pray that GW will not strike with his arrows half-heartedly as did King Joash in 2 Kings 13:15-19 … it would be a sad thing indeed to waste the Lord’s arrow of victory as he did:
    15) And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
    16) And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.
    17) And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’s deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
    18) And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
    19) And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
    Christians, I exhort you to make all prayers and entreaties on behalf of our leaders to have wisdom, and also to apply it. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

  12. Darth Malice says:

    Christianity has to get muscular.

  13. Dan Riehl says:

    Before we can get muscular, it’s going to take a muscolar leader. Bush deserves credit for getting us this far. Before now, we weren’t even engage in this manner. But it is going to take a great deal to keep things going in a positive direction. The Dems are going to do everything they can to set us back.

  14. Darth Malice says:

    Dan,you are very correct.I just don’t see that leader yet.We are going to need a Palpatine or a Ming the Merciless.I like Bush,but he is too darn nice for his own good.The dems have every intention of setting us back.Dan what leader do you see?

  15. Hyscience says:

    US State Dept. Admits Long-Held Secret: Arafat Directly Responsible For 1973 Murders of US Diplomats

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  16. Dan Riehl says:

    what leader do you see?
    Can’t say that I do for certain. I think many have the potential when it comes to the GWOT – Giuliani, Romney, Duncan Hunter, who claims he’s running, but possibly really isn’t. He gets to keep a wad of cash just for playing the game and he was already retiring.
    I think the real question may be, who is capable of responding as a strong leader in the face of another attack – because, unfortunately, I don’t see enough Americans actively supporting the effort until then. And “then” could be a real nightmare. Al Qaeda has a thing about the next attack being larger and more spectacular than the previous.
    Anyway, under those circumstances, I think several Republicans could respond as needed. Romney may be the best bet as I here he is a great communicator. It’ll require that. His weakness in that area has dogged Bush all along. Not once has he effectively envisioned the real nature of thsi conflict for the American people.
    That may be his biggest failure. He needed to educate people on the Middle East, the strategic importance of Iraq, on the global threat, connecting the dots, etc. He really hasn’t done that the way a leader needs to do. Romney might be able to. I imagine Giuliani, as well. McCain, I’m less sure, as he doesn’t really come across that well from what I’ve seen.

  17. Darth Malice says:

    Dan the first thing President Bush could do is name the enemy.War on Terror does cut it.It like saying war on huricanes.This war has been raging off and on for a 1000years.Dan right now Bush is what we have so we in the conservative community are just going to have to buck him up.As far as leaders I like Romney.I want to see him beat the tar out of McCain.

  18. seekeronos says:

    I’m with Darth M. – Let’s call this for what it really is: a CRUSADE against Islam.
    Kill off the intractables, subdue the questionables, and then bring in the 1500 Fundamentalist Baptist missionaries to preach the gospel and make sure the food is in the stores, and the water is running and the lights on last.
    As for the 2008 GOP picks…
    Guliani: Tough on domestic issues like crime, and foreign policy ala terrorism… but he is veeeeery liberal on some social issues (enough to creep me out a bit). Could make a good war president, but might compromise with the Demos to a greater degree than I would be comfortable with.
    Romney: He seems pretty square on, supports traditional values, I’m not sure how much his belief in LDS (Mormonism) informs his decision-making process. Could rub liberals the wrong way (which would not necessarily be a bad thing). Aforementioned communication skills would be a balm on an administration known for opening its mouth to switch feet on occasions (usually with very poor timing).
    McCain: I’d like to know what this guy has been smoking recently. Has he been getting some prime wacky-weed for that Alzheimers, or what? Sorry to disrespect an elder statesman and war hero, but some of the pandering to Teddy K. and other arch-liberal Senators (especially on immigration) scares the hair off of me.
    Duncan Hunter: I will need to read up on this guy. Hopefully he is not another Perot type with billions of bucks to throw into a vote-splitting race.

  19. Phoenix says:

    What liberal values of Guiliani’s scare you? And do you think he would be an activist about those values? It’s one thing to believe in something; entirely another to act on them to change approximately half the value system of the country one represents. I see Guiliani as smarter than that.
    I would have a terrible time voting for a man who got his religious beliefs from inside a dirty hat. The kind of mind that accepts that as a truth is not the kind of mind I would trust. Scary thought.