Iraq's interim/phony Prime Minister Allawi is blaming the US for negligence that led to the death of 49 army recruits this weekend. He's making these announcements after a poll was recently released that puts him fighting with Moqtada as-Sadr for 3rd place in popularity amongst Iraq's politicians, with the great majority of his support from Kurdish territory and not from the vast Arab majority of Iraq.
This would perhaps be excusable if Allawi didn't just say the other day that US Marine Intelligence officers were lying when they said that there are insurgent leaders in the Fallujah area other than Zarqawi/Al Qaeda.
Fucking desperate, isn't he?! It's like he's taking lessons from Bush. The only difference is that if Allawi repeats the same lies over and over, the Iraqi people *STILL* won't believe him, because the Iraqis can see the truth with their own eyes. Which goes a long way to explain why Iraqi webloggers are endorsing John Kerry for President, while many of those who have been in the pro-Bush camp are now having misgivings, suggesting the possibility of the Iraqi people uniting in opposition against Allawi.
In other news, Moqtada al-Sadr has promised to assist the people of Fallujah in the event of a US attack.
"I am ready to help you mujahedeen (holy fighters) in the dear city of Fallujah in every way that I can, but at the same time I hope that your city would be spared a war because the forces of occupation have no mercy. . . I am with you hand-in-hand whichever course of action you choose . . . No mercy to the occupiers, and the resistance will continue, God willing."
If that means that Sadr will encourage a popular resistance movement against the occupation that unites both Sunni and Shi'ite arabs should the hammer fall on Fallujah, watch out. Given Allawi's growing lack of popularity with the Iraqis, it could be a bigger and wider level of resistance than we've seen in the past.