How much precious blood did we spill to save the Iraqis from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein? How much American treasure was spent on two fruitless wars? And what is the result. In spite of American efforts to support his opponent, the Iraqi people elected Muqtada al-Sadr as the next Prime Minister. Why did the US oppose him? One has to think back to the end of the war when various groups struggled for power. Al-Sadr had his own militia and didn’t exactly go along with the way the US wanted it to. In fact, he was considered an outlaw. On the bright side, the Wall Street Journal reported, in fact, the person best placed and most likely to pursue the one objective that is in America’s own interest: posing obstacles to Iran’s expansion, is precisely Muqtada al-Sadr. This interesting article outlines what happened and what the future might hold in store for Iraq @ Stupid Foreign Policy’s Futility - American Greatness Muqtada Al-Sadr Advocates for Government Independent of US, Iran @ Muqtada Al-Sadr Advocates for Government Independent of US, Iran Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive' @ Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'