Statehood for Iraq?

· long story short

Today, US Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli put “an American face” on the most fateful decision shaping the future of Iraq. Per this AP story…
Commander: Fight with Al-Sadr Not Over AP, 9/2/04
“The fight with renegade Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is not over and the U.S. military must retake his stronghold in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum, a top U.S. commander said Thursday.
“Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, commander of the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, said action is necessary before the volatile cleric has a chance to rebuild his Mahdi militia.”
“The job will take a matter of weeks, Chiarelli said, giving no timetable for the start of an operation.”