Sure looks like Bush is about to sell al Maliki down the river. Spencer Akerman summarizes the situation
. The short version is that the U.S. backs SCIRI (that's the Iranian
backed SCIRI), the Kurds and a faction of Sunnis to dump al Maliki and put Moqtada al Sadr out in the cold.
Like Akerman points out, I'm sure the al Sadr and his 2-4 million rabid young followers will take the news of their loss of power well and simply go away. I'm also sure that the Sunnis will welcome the sellout by one of their leaders (wonder what his Swiss bank account looks like just now?) and that Bush will find that working with SCIRI to be a highly rewarding experience.