Claire McCaskil is on the Money
Posted by Ilan Goldenberg
McCaskil makes the point that JAM was the political winner of the recent fight with the Iraqi government because at the end Sadr was the political winner by not losing.
Iraq's top Shiite religious leaders have told anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr not to disband his Mehdi Army, an al-Sadr spokesman said Monday amid fresh fighting in the militia's Baghdad strongholds.
Update: It's really important to note that this completely discredits what Crocker has been saying today. He continues to argue that this was somehow a political victory for Maliki, but the religious leadership, which may actually be just as influential or more influential then parts of the government, is lining up behind Sadr.