The Truth About Comical Allawi
"Allawi is a Baathist at heart, and he inherited all of his thoughts and behavior from them," said a senior leader of an Iraqi political party. "He is like Saddam; he has a smile on his face, but a gun in his hand to shoot you with - and he will use it."--NY Times
Apparently, some sort of agreement had been reached with al-Sadr loyalists in the Sadr City part of Baghdad, but Allawi backed out at the last minute.