Meanwhile, Back at the War...
...it appears as though the US military has been drug into an all-out civil war between Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite militia allies and Shiite militias loyal to his rival Moqtada al-Sadr; that Maliki didn't bother to consult with the US before attacking Basra; and that Maliki is losing. Badly. Yeah, I definately need some rest now.
UPDATE: Maliki achieves a humiliating compromise, declares victory, and runs home.
UPDATE 2: It gets even better. Apparently, it was the IRANIANS who worked out the cease-fire when a group of Iraqi lawmakers flew to the Holy City of Qom. It's hard to envision a more obvious sign that we have lost very nearly all control over the situation.
UPDATE 3: Now Iraqi legislators are saying that not only did Iran handle the ceasefire, but Maliki was out of the loop and "only informed" of the deal once it was done.