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We Really Need To Get A Grip On Iraq

James Glanz is reporting in the New York Times that the mayor of Baghdad, Alaa al-Tamimi, was ousted in an apparently bloodless coup d'├ętat Monday, and replaced by a member of Iraq's most powerful Shiite militia.

The man the group installed, Hussein al-Tahaan, is a member of the Badr Organization, the armed militia of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq, known as Sciri.

The deposed mayor went into hiding and was not expected to return.

If we don't start using a bigger stick, it won't matter how many carrots we hand out. The coalition forces and the newly trained Iraqi military must not allow this to continue or no one will be willing to serve in the newly democratic country. Our military is capable of cleaning the clock of any foe in a conventional war, but it is becoming apparent that a new tact will be necessary to win the unconventional war being waged against us in Iraq. If we don't get a grip on things soon, Iraq will be Vietnam redux.

Posted by Rick | August 10, 2005 11:29 PM

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