Cleric-in-hiding Moqtada al-Sadr has a majority of the Iraqi legislature supporting a timetable for US withdrawal and caps on troops deployments, as reported by Ed Morrissey at Heading Right:
Driven, of course, by Moqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi National Assembly now has a majority of their members on the record for demanding a timetable for an American withdrawal. A letter circulated to the Nouri al-Maliki government has 144 signatures, or just over half of the Assembly, not only demanding a timetable for withdrawal but a cap on American troops allowed into Iraq:
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If the 144-member bloc holds, this spells the end for American involvement in Iraq. It essentially says they don’t want us cleaning the place up any more, and there is no way the Administration can sustain congressional or public support for the war under those circumstances.
We turned sovereignty back to the Iraqis some time ago, and we have to respect that. Interesting that Sadr is able to achieve politically what he could not do “on the ground.” The only hope would be the intervention of Ayatollah al-Sistani – and there is no reason to expect that is forthcoming.
Bad news all around.