Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Michael Yon: It's a LOT Better in Iraq

This is a lengthy piece--worth the read--but here are a couple of excerpts:

...The situation in Iraq has drastically changed, but the inertia of bad news leaves many convinced that the mission has failed beyond recovery, that all Iraqis are engaged in sectarian violence, or are waiting for us to leave so they can crush their neighbors. This view allows our soldiers two possible roles: either “victim caught in the crossfire” or “referee between warring parties.” Neither, rightly, is tolerable to the American or British public.

Though the local leadership picture in downtown Basra is fuzzier now that British forces have pulled further back to begin performing their long-planned overwatch phase, it is clear that this natural progression in turning Basra over to Iraqi control has not catapulted the city into chaos.

...it wasn’t until I spent that week back in the States that I realized how bad things have gotten. I believe we are witnessing a conspiracy of coincidences conflating to exert an incomprehensibly destructive force on the free press system that we largely take for granted.

Yon has offered his reporting FREE OF CHARGE to newspaper-members of the National Newspaper Association.

S'pose the JS wants to join?

1 comment:

Billiam said...

Nah. Doesn't fit their template.