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It was a great line by Ulysses S Grant – that famous Ulster-American – "Never sound a retreat" and THAT is exactly what Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has signalled with his pledged that there will be  "no retreat"  in the fight against Shiite militias in the southern city of Basra, as thousands of protesters demanded he resign over the crackdown and extremists fired rockets into the U.S.-protected Green-zone.

Now as long standing readers will know, I advocated the utter destruction of that little bully Muqtada al Sadr and his Mahdi Army militiamen years ago. He could have been taken out at Fallujah but that opportunity was flunked. Al-Maliki should use whatever force is necessary to remove al Sadr once and for all. Of course he may already have fled back to sanctuary in Syria or Iran, but he should have no place in a  modern Iraq.

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4 thoughts on “NEVER SOUND A RETREAT…

  1. Bush to sound the retreat.

    never going to happen. not even a democrat will pull the troops out.

  2. David,

    Would you call this a tactical withdrawal?

    Maliki on Wednesday gave militants in Basra 72 hours to surrender themselves and their weapons, but on Friday extended the deadline for handing over the weapons until April 8.
    Shi’ite fighters seize centre of Nassiriya

    Personally, I’m happy to see the Iraqis take responsibility for their security (kind of like devolution, don’t you think), but it’s easier said than done.

  3. I thought Grant’s famous line was Unconditional Surrender which he demanded of the Southern Confederates during the American Civil War.

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