Investors Business Daily and Ralph Peters both nailed it today—absolutely nailed it:
Time to get that fat boy Muqtada al-Sadr.
IBD editorial: …Sadr now has more than 5,000 men under arms, according to U.S. intelligence estimates. And as it turns out, Sadr is a major client of Iran's extremist mullahs. He'll keep sending young Iraqi Shiites to their death on behalf of a foreign power — particularly if it means destroying any chance Iraq has of being a stable democracy…
Peters in the New York Post:
The first thing we need to do is to kill Muqtada al-Sadr, who's now a greater threat to our strategic goals than Osama bin Laden.
We should've killed him in 2003, when he first embarked upon his murder campaign. But our leaders were afraid of provoking riots.
… Our policy of all-carrots-no-sticks has failed miserably. We delivered Iraq to zealots, gangsters and terrorists. Now our only hope is to prove that we mean business - that the era of peace, love and wasting American lives is over.
And after we've killed Muqtada and destroyed his Mahdi Army, we need to go after the Sunni insurgents. If we can't leave a democracy behind, we should at least leave the corpses of our enemies.
The holier-than-thou response to this proposal is predictable: "We can't kill our way out of this situation!" Well, boo-hoo. Friendly persuasion and billions of dollars haven't done the job. Give therapeutic violence a chance....
Count me in my friend Ralph Peters' camp.
We need to send that murderous, anti-American jerk to jail—or, better yet, send him a one-way ticket to his 72 virgins in Never-Never land.
How is it possible that this miscreant, who has been nothing but trouble, who has been working around the clock to sow seeds of murder, mayhem and unrest, fomenting war against Sunnis, etc, etc, is still on the lam?
This is a major flaw in the operation. I just don’t get it.