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It was already bad, but this is deplorable:
... said National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie... "There was an infiltration at the execution chamber."

Echoing those accusations, a senior Interior Ministry official said the hanging was supposed to be carried out by hangmen employed by the Interior Ministry but that "militias" had managed to infiltrate the executioners' team.

"The execution was carried out by militias and outsiders. They put aside the team from the Interior Ministry that was supposed to carry it out," the official said.

Allowing Moqtada's men do the lynching is just too much. I am beside myself. How could this have happened? Why didn't we use our considerable leverage to make sure they did this right?

Short Answer: even if we did "use our leverage" and make threats, Maliki knows Bush's military isn't going anywhere, so those threats carry no weight. They would laugh, assert their "sovereignty" and do it their way. The United States of America is treated as a paper tiger because they know that for Bush, leaving Iraq destroys his place in history - a price he will not pay.

With different leadership, we might have had a chance, but that "accountability moment" is past.

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