Sadr Changes Venue
Bill Roggio notes that Elvis has just left the building. Oops. Make that Moqtada al Sadr has just lit out for Iran. Maybe for reasons of health, in connection with which this cinematic exchange comes to mind:
Captain Renault: What in heaven's name brought you to Casablanca?
Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.
Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert.
Rick: I was misinformed.
Of course, unless Sadr plans to stay in Teheran permanently, he must eventually find a way to return to Iraq on his own terms, either reconciling with the US or driving them or waiting them out. That he chose to go suggests he cannot drive them out -- much to the disappointment of those who claim he already controls Iraq. At least not without the assistance of the Ayatollahs. Can he wait them out? That depends, but not so much on Sadr as upon American domestic politics. He may come back yet.