The Washington Post reports that the Americans are now paying former Shia fighters in Sadr City to form what they call “neighborhood guards” — and arming them. But the story raises more questions it answers:
- Who exactly are these guys?
- What is Neighborhood 512?
- Who is Kadham Saddam Manshad?
- Do the Americans seriously think the Sadrists are going to let this fly?
- Does no one there think long-term?? I mean, the U.S. is now arming both sides of a potential (in fact, likely) civil war.