March 06, 2007

Michael Yon: Meanwhile

Why actually learning about the war from those who are there, matters:

With the odometer running over many embeds, Mellinger has taken me about 4,000 miles (total) up and down Iraqi roads, visiting units from north to south, east to west, showing that the military truly opens their doors to writers who will stick it out. They donít even have to like you: my fights with the Army are well-known, yet they continue to open their doors. Thereís a lesson in there. I wrote that Iraq was in a civil war shortly after covering the first elections. I wrote about commanders who did poorly, and ISF units that couldnít shoot straight, and I wrote about the veneer of victory in Afghanistan cracking under the weight of a poppy-fueled Taliban resurgence. Yet they still let me in.

Itís a reminder of why I am so proud of my country, despite our many problems. Itís also a caution about why we must stick with our people who have been mostly abandoned at war. I understand the position of the journalists. Especially the ones who get blown up or shot at fairly regularly, but the informed interest of ordinary Americans is critical to the outcome of this war. And the truth is that our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of whom rarely (if ever) see a writer, are abandoned by default.

As always with Yon's dispatches, read the whole thing.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 6, 2007 04:13 PM

Meanwhile, AP's latest 'analysis' seems to think that WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! I am so tired of MSM reporting from Iraq. Michael Yon is like the voice of reason compared to these jokers.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at March 6, 2007 04:56 PM