BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice mocked anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a coward on Sunday, hours after the radical leader threatened to declare war unless U.S. and Iraqi forces end a military crackdown on his followers.
The only reason we've been able to show some sort of 'success' (questionable at best) is because the Mahdi Army has generally remained at home. Baiting Moqtada into all-out hostilities can only have dire consequences.
you tell 'em, condi! nothing's worse than a leader who talks tough but refuses to join the fighting himself!
Analysis from Moon of Alabama:
Sadr's last campaigns were not impressive in a military sense. But by now he might have gotten some serious advice on how to achieve something. A good advice might have been to look at logistics.
If you can't feed, fuel, and resupply an army, it ain't much of an army anymore.