"We have a group under Moqtada al-Sadr that has basically placed itself outside the legal authorities, the coalition and Iraqi officials..."
Interesting that the Shias were originally pro-coalition. Wonder what made them change their mind... (trying to influence someone else's country probably didn't help).
Growing increasingly more (a|be)mused at the idea that a region with thousands of years of aggravated history can be forced into a stable, peaceful state by Advanced Use of Weaponry. Does the West seriously believe that once democracy has been established there, everything will go all flowery and nice? (Or rather, does the US administration seriously believe that a democratic system there will give them enough control over the rivallous hordes?)