From TPM:

In other encouraging news, Iraqi police in Baghdad are apparently deserting en masse to the Mahdi Army, thus leaving city police checkpoints to be manned by Iraqi Army soldiers, who are conveniently available because the US military is getting pulled in to take over the fight with the Mahdi Army.

Once again, if we give them a safety net they’ll use it.

And did anybody for a moment think that our forces wouldn’t be pulled into what is essentially a fight for political power?

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