March 23, 2007

Landscape of War

I'm not familar with Mike Gudgell of ABC News, but his "Reporter's Notebook" article about what he is seeing in Iraq is a must read.

A taste of Gudgell's article, starting on page 3:

According to the U.S. military, a group of al Qaeda in Iraq fighters recently entered a small village east of Baghdad and announced they would be back and would take several houses for their base. When they returned two days later, their convoy was attacked by villagers. The military found out when the villagers told them to come out and pick up bodies and prisoners.

The numbers of civilian deaths are down a little but that's only a small part of the story. It's the little things together that make the difference. It might be too early to tell if this is a tipping point in the war, but it does appear as though the momentum has changed.

There's a long way to go, but there is room for some hope. It depends on your perspective; those snapshots and keyhole views of the broad landscape of what is a living war.

I strongly urge you to read the entire article. Gudgell is matter of fact, and pulls no punches.

More, please.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 23, 2007 10:49 AM

No link

Posted by: David at March 23, 2007 11:26 AM

Crap. I botched the HTML in the link.

Should work now.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at March 23, 2007 11:32 AM

It does, thanks.

Posted by: David at March 23, 2007 11:38 AM

Not to worry. CBS is still solidly on the defeat train.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at March 23, 2007 01:01 PM