Archive for September, 2006

Down on the Farm

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Though one might never infer it from the press coverage, most Iraqis do not live in the Baghdad morgue.  Twenty-five percent of Iraqis work in agriculture, a sector that is recovering from decades of Ba’athist misrule.  Farming is the nation’s premier vocational sector, and second-largest generator of GNP.


A Odd Way to Describe Progress

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

A September 8th New York Times story, carrying Paul von Zielbauer’s byline, describes the continuation of sectarian violence and civilian death in Baghdad. 

Based on reports from the Baghdad morgue, the writer concludes:


Inside The Wire Intelligence

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

It was about a year ago I stood inside the MEF Operations system at Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

I had a few minute window to shoot some B-Roll while there was no sensitive information on the projection screen.

A sharp young Sergeant showed me a vauge overview of what an Operational Brief would look like.


A DNC’s Path to 9/11

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Democratic leaders threaten ABC if they air an un-cut version of Path to 9/11.

Here is a version that the DNC would approve.


5 Years Later

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Too Many Have Forgotten….



Iraqi Justice vs. European Justice

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Iraqi justice via al Reuters

Iraqi justice via AP

Iraq Is Central Front in GWOT to Bin Laden

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

To all those who think Iraq is a distraction in the greater war on terror, Bin Laden and Al Zawahiri would beg to differ.


Why Only Conservative Bloggers?

Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

By JD Johannes

Michael Yon, Michael Totten, Bill Roggio, and, yours truly, have all spent considerable time in Iraq.


Stability and Security

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

The Department of Defense delivers a quarterly report to Congress entitled “Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq” (MSSI).  The August 2006 installment was published last week. 


The Foreigner’s Gift

Monday, September 4th, 2006

by Fouad Ajami
Free Press, copyright © 2006

Reviewed by Richard Nadler

In “The Foreigner’s Gift,” Professor Fouad Ajami has produced less a history of Operation Iraqi Freedom than a psychological portrait of the cultures involved.  America’s attempt to “defy gravity” – to establish a functioning democracy in the heart of the Arab world – has encountered three hard cultural facts: Sunni rejection, Kurdish acceptance, and Shi’ite reticence.  Ajami clarifies each attitude through interviews, biographical portraits, and historical review.