LENNY PITTS JR. IS SHOCKED BY SOMETHING OTHER THAN HIS PIT ODOR FOR A CHANGE.
BUT BILL CLINTON TOLD THESE REPORTERS THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE.
"I HAVE TROUBLE GETTING BEHIND HER," HE EXPLAINED, "OR IN FRONT OR ON TOP OR UNDERNEATH. WHY DO YOU THINK I TOOK UP WITH MONICA TO BEGIN WITH?"
Well color me surprised.
Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters live chiefly in Basra (they didn't come into Baghdad today) and in the Sadr section (usually called "slum") of Baghdad. That last group has been protesting in Baghdad, outside the Green Zone, on his orders.
They made it into the Green Zone.
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Everything you need to know?
Tear gas was fired.
After the protesters were inside the Green Zone and had stormed the Parliament.
After they had stormed the Green Zone and made it into the Parliament.
There's a point here, if anyone's paying attention.
In all the years of the Green Zone, it was only almost stormed once and that was shortly after Nouri al-Maliki became prime minister in 2006.
People were shot.
People were shot dead.
Immediately after, the 'Bremer walls' went up.
Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters made it into the Green Zone today.
Not because they're particularly smart.
Certainly not because they have super powers.
Clearly because either orders weren't followed regarding what to do when people attempt to breach the Green Zone or because there was a stand down order allowing them to seize the Green Zone.
Which was it?
It honestly doesn't matter at this point -- not for Haider al-Abadi.
Nouri al-Maliki was prime minister from 2006 through 2014 and the Green Zone was never breached.
Haider al-Abadi hasn't even been prime minister for two years and it's already been breached.
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