Extra checkpoints were set up last week as U.S. troops launched an intensive search for a missing soldier, who has yet to be found.Conservative blogger Andrew Sullivan notes:
Shortly after leaving Sadr city, U.S. troops dismantled other checkpoints in the downtown Karradah neighborhood where the soldier had been abducted, loading barbed wire coils onto their Stryker armored vehicles.
The U.S. military does not have a traditional of abandoning its own soldiers to foreign militias, or of taking orders from foreign governments. No commander-in-chief who actually walks the walk, rather than swaggering the swagger, would acquiesce to such a thing.... And where, by the way, is McCain on this? ... Silent recently on Iraq. But vocal - oh, how vocal - on Kerry.Where is everyone on this? We have now abandoned a soldier because Bush wants to kiss Iraqi ass now. Shameful.