Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The truce?

Representatives of Iraq's main Shiite Muslim factions signed a deal Monday clearing the way for Iraqi soldiers to operate throughout Sadr City, a vast Baghdad slum that is largely under the control of militiamen loyal to firebrand cleric Muqtada Sadr.
The signatures put an official seal to a truce brokered over the weekend by Sadr's political representatives and members of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's governing alliance.
Negotiators said they hoped the deal would mark the close of more than seven weeks of fighting in the district, which has claimed hundreds of lives. But it was unclear whether all the groups that have taken up arms in Sadr City would adhere to the accord.

The above is from Alexandra Zavis' "Shiite Muslim factions sign Sadr City deal" (Los Angeles Times) and Selcan Hacaoglu's "Officials: Clashes in Iraq's Sadr City kill 11" (AP) indicates the deal hasn't made all that much difference:

A fragile cease-fire failed to stop fighting in Baghdad's Sadr City where the latest clashes between Shiite extremists and U.S.-backed Iraqi forces killed 11 men and wounded 19, Iraqi hospital officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. military said that it responded to several attacks by militants with precision strikes, but only confirmed killing three militants. Two of the militants were killed in a Hellfire missile strike by an attack aircraft, according to the military. U.S. soldiers also suppressed "enemy fire" in four other clashes with tanks and attack aircraft, the military said.
The clashes erupted late Monday, just hours after Iraq's main Shiite political bloc and supporters of firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr signed a cease-fire with the hope of ending seven-weeks of fighting that has left hundreds of people dead in the capital.

The CBS Evening News clip features Barack stupid enough to think that after having staked ground he can just put on a flag lapel pin and all problems go away.

He seems to believe voters are as stupid as the media. Bob Herbert is hugely stupid in the New York Times today but of course George McGovern manages to top him. Clinton's supporters aren't about 'personality.' That would be Bambi's crowd. Hillary supporters are about issues and won't be tricked by some lightweight. There will be no huge 'coming together' if Barack gets the nomination and likely no White House win. He doesn't have the base, he doesn't have the support. In a general election his 'movement' goes right down the drain -- that's before the attack ads from the GOP and dealing just with how small they actually are in the electorate and how much they have alienated the electorate. McGovern's high on Bambi because he recognizes in Barack another failed candidate like himself.

Sabina notes Howard Wolfson's "HUBdate: Getting Out the Vote in West Virginia" (HillaryClinton.com):

Today In West Virginia: Hillary hosts a "Solutions for the American Economy" Town Hall in Clear Fork, a "Solutions For America" rally in Logan, and an "Old-Fashioned Political Rally" with Governor Joe Manchin in Fairmont.
Mother's Day In Grafton, WV: "Sunday was Mother's Day, but U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton did not take the day off. Instead, she was campaigning here at the birthplace of the holiday. Clinton, along with her daughter Chelsea, toured the home of Mother's Day founder Anna Jarvis early in the afternoon. The two Clintons stopped briefly to wave to onlookers who had braved the rain to line the road in order to catch a glimpse of the presidential candidate. 'Happy Mother's Day,' Clinton shouted to the spectators." Read more.
In Case You Missed It: Read and listen to Hillary’s Mother’s Day remarks here.
Sunday Show Appearances: On CBS' Face the Nation yesterday, Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said, "We still have seven million Democrats yet to vote. We have West Virginia this Tuesday...We're up in Kentucky. We’re up in Puerto Rico." Communications Director Howard Wolfson told Fox News Sunday: “We as a party have to be able to compete in places like West Virginia and Kentucky."
Donating To Hillary: Dalton Hatfield, an 11-year-old boy from WV, "presented former President Bill Clinton with a check for $440 after Friday’s rally at the Williamson Fire Station...Hatfield feels so strongly that Hillary Clinton should be the next president he not only sold his bicycle, but video games and anything else he could find that 'I could make money with' to donate to the former first lady’s bid for the Democratic nomination." Read more.
On Tap: Hillary will spend election night on Tuesday in Charleston, WV.

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