We couldn’t (or wouldn’t) kill him when he tried to go to war against our military, but Moqtada al-Sadr has all but managed to commit political suicide. At one time, Sadr commanded tens of thousands of militia members and played kingmaker in national politics. Now the movement has all but faded as Sadr marginalized himself through a monumental political miscalculation last year…
Araji can preach the Sadrist fantasy all he wants. The Mahdis are a spent force, compromised by Sadr’s flight to Iran and his hiding behind the skirts of the mullahcracy. They no longer have the power to affect the unity of Iraq, either militarily or politically.
And so he ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. Not as a martyr, but as a footnote. The is the way to take out a 4GW opponent. Congrats to the good guys.