Remembering Israel’s attack on Hezbollah in June 2006

Why am I remembering Israel’s attack on Hezbollah in June 2006? Because it now looks like the recent attack on the Mahdi Army in Basra may be just as much an embarrassment. The Mahdi Army, “still in the process of retraining and reorganisation,” has inflicted a defeat that has U.S. authorities scapegoating Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a “miscalculation” that couldn’t have occurred without U.S. involvement.

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