Scott Wilson in the Washington Post is downbeat about the current fighting in Iraq. On Wilson’s account, we have not actually isolted Sadr politically. AP’s Hamza Hedwawi seems equally pessimistic; he says fighting while the senior ayatollahs are talking is winning Sadr support.
It looks as if we chose to compromise in Fallujah and to fight in the south, and neither course of action really worked out very well.
I can’t find anyone who puts a better face on matters; if you can, send me the link.