If there ever was a candidate for the proverbial bullet between the eyes and his 72 goat reward, it is Muqtada al Sadr. Mookie is the idiot son of a family that can trace its lineage directly to Mohammed but he has failed to distinguish himself at any religious scholarship. He excels at gathering groups of thugs together, getting them jacked up on old time religion, and collecting satchels of Mullah money. He is currently causing considerable difficulty as Bill Roggio notes.
The media loves to talk as if all aspects of our campaign in Iraq were awful ideas, well in the case of Mookie they are right. We should have sent him along to Allah the first time he poked his head up with a religious militia. It's not like his allegiances to Iran were too tough to suss out. We have far too much aversion to the use of precision-aimed rifle fire or bombage to ensure that bad guys running bad groups stop acting bad. I had always been an advocate of shooting Sadaam and seeing what happened next. Doesn't sound so bad now, does it? Well, same logic applies to Mr. Sadr. A judiciously placed round a year or so back might have made the rest of the wannabe religious rabble rousers a little less froggy. Granted I am a big fan of dirty tricks, but the logic is very compelling.