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Who Is Running Iraq?

It's not us, and its not the elected Iraqi government. It is the people who control when the fighting stops and starts.

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr offered Sunday to pull his fighters off the streets of Basra and other cities if the government halts raids against his followers and releases prisoners held without charge.

The offer was contained in a nine-point statement issued by his headquarters in Najaf.

An Iraqi government spokesman welcomed al-Sadr's order, saying it was "positive and responsive."

The Republican mantra and the beliefs of the foreign policy establishment and the mainstream media has been: "the surge is working". We need to amend that strongly.

The surge is working... when Muqtada al-Sadr allows it to -- which means it ain't working.