Here's what happened in Iraq while the GOP -- with an assist from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) -- blocked yesterday's debate on the war.
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The leader of the dominant Shiite political bloc, the United Iraqi Alliance, is an Islamist and sectarian hardliner named Abdul Aziz al-Hakim. al-Hakim's faction, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, has been a proxy for Iran since the Iran-Iraq war, and it runs one of the more ruthless Shiite militias in Iraq, known as the Badr Corps -- an organization that in 2005 ran Sunni torture chambers out of the Interior Ministry. If al-Hakim has any particular virtue, it's that he's also been willing to accept American sponsorship as well: way back in 2002 and 2003, he was an influential member of the Iraqi exile community working with the Bush administration, which rewarded him with a seat on the Iraqi Governing Council.