Speaking of stories that died, neither the Detroit Free Press nor the Detroit News has shown any interest in the hasty departure of Moqtada al-Sadr from Baghdad, to take up hiding in Iran.
To report on that would be an act of aid and comfort to the enemy, in this case George W. Bush, and the rest of us who want to see the coalition forces succeed in Iraq.
As Nancy Pelosi and about 278 other Democrats have been declaiming everywhere since the President announced that he was turning up the heat on Iraqi insurgents, nothing we do over there can possibly work. Al Sadr seems to think otherwise.
According to ABC News:
“While members of the U.S. House of Representatives take turns weighing in on President Bush's planned troop surge in Iraq, the focus in Iraq is not on the arrival of more U.S. troops, but the departure of one of the country's most powerful men, Moqtada al Sadr and members of his army.
“According to senior military officials, al Sadr left Baghdad two to three weeks ago and fled to Tehran, Iran, where he has family.
“Al Sadr commands the Mahdi army, one of the most formidable insurgent militias in Iraq, and his move coincides with the announced U.S. troop surge in Baghdad.”
Obviously, the plan that can't work has already started working.
If Jack Murtha is going to prevail he will have to increase his slow-bleed strategy to a swift stab in the back.