Iraq: Most important US ally ready to jump ship

As the media focuses most of its attention on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, Iraq is quickly spiraling out of control. With more than 100 civilians killed per day over the past month in Iraq and more and more evidence of sectarian violence and civil war, even the administration's closest allies are beginning to jump ship.

On The Chris Matthews Show, Washington Post reporter David Ignatius delivered the bad news:

"Well, if you didn't have enough bad news out of the Middle East this week, Ayatollah Sistani, who is really the most important and powerful personality in Iraq, is signaling the Bush administration, this week, that he is worried that the situation in Iraq is spinning out of control. He is the crucial person. If he gives up on this effort, this effort is over…. If he decides the game is up, the game is up."

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