So this is where we are now.
George Bush has hailed the verdict in Saddam Hussein's trial as a triumph of justice.
The sentence, death by hanging, was carried out by the Mahdi Army.
The Mahdi Army is a gang of thugs and Islamic fundamentalist nutjobs that control Baghdad.
President Bush wants to insert an additional 30,000 or so American troops into Iraq to do battle with the Mahdi Army.
Nuri-al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, needs the Mahdi Army's support. More specifically he's scared to death of Muqtada Sadr, the 13th century whackjob who orchestrates the beheadings, torture and summary executions of Sunnis and women who show too much ankle.
Bush speaks glowingly of Maliki, and has repeatedly expressed his confidence in the man.
Malaki says he wasn't thinking clearly when he took the job, and wants out.
That about covers it.