He put Maliki & Co. on notice. It was Maliki that got in the way of security operations against Al Sadr’s militias. That won’t happen again. Maliki now knows that his choice is between supporting Al Sadr and supporting the US. He can no longer play both sides against the middle.

Nice that he mentioned independent Senator Joe (the only serving Democrat that I admire) Lieberman. That’s a nice reminder to Nancy and Harry that Joe holds the trump card.