Wednesday, September 12, 2007

More Michael Yon.

He has a new post up. As usual,it's excellent and I love the pictures. He just gives the reader a feeling of being right there beside him. Go read it.

Here's his e-mail:


Successes are occurring, and accruing, in Iraq. Al Qaeda is still a powerful enemy, but they cannot be happy with their Iraqi franchise this summer.

Readers of my dispatches have gotten first hand reports of the kinds of positive indicators that General David Petraeus described in his progress report.

The atmosphere is changing in Iraq and I've been posting dispatches and videos that illustrate just how profound this change is in some cases.

I was the first to say Iraq was in civil war, and many readers were angry to hear me say it. Well, I'll be the first to say that I predict some sort of milestone for the war in Iraq will occur early in the next year. It's dangerous to predict like this, but something fundamental has changed in Iraq.

There is one important qualifier: this will only happen if General David Petraeus is supported by our elected officials to implement his proposed plan, without meddling from those same elected officials. Oversight and accountability are not the same thing as backseat driving after siphoning out half of the gas tank.

Please read: Hunting Al Qaeda


I've always trusted Michael's reporting. He's just honest, with no agenda. When he reported about the civil war, it was then I knew it was a real problem. It made people mad who only wanted a positive view, but if we are to face this enemy properly, we have to face the hard truths as well.