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"THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:" Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good.He adds that Mike will be headed back to Afghanistan next week.
I've been saying "we won" for some time now, so no argument on that point from me. But if there's any war left in Iraq, it's up north. No one has been reporting from Mosul for a while. That's usually a good sign (recall how news from Anbar disappeared during the surge, as that province tipped into the "win" column) but I'd still like to hear from a trusted source on how things are going up there.
UPDATE:Ed has more here from JD Johannes who just came back from embedding in Iraq
And: Folks who are arriving late to the "war is over and we won" bandwagon might want to get caught up. There are several places you could start here, but I suggest my post-election outlook for Iraq. It might be a bitter pill to swallow for Republicans, but therein I'll explain how you fumbled at the goal line.
Here's my look at Afghanistan from the same (ongoing) series for folks interested in not being on the wrong side of history there..
And by ongoing, I mean I write about this stuff all the time, when I'm not busy living it. Here's a post from last summer (the last time Mike Yon said "the war is over and we won) - part of a series called "While America Slept".
Michael Totten is also headed back to Iraq. Maybe he can give us a report on Mosul.Posted by Taoist at November 14, 2008 05:25 PM
I hope so - Totten mentioned Baghdad in his post.
I'm surprised Mike Yon made such a brief trip. I thought he would spend at least a couple weeks in country. Getting there is half the hassle...Posted by Greyhawk at November 14, 2008 05:32 PM
No reports from Mosul?
An Iraqi soldier shot and killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded at least six others yesterday in Mosul, the American military said.
What kind of sign is that I wonder?Posted by salvage at November 15, 2008 01:57 PM
It's a sign that, as I thought I made fairly clear in the post, Mosul is a big question mark and an information black hole. If you read your linked report carefully, you'll discover the entire thing is based on "the American military said" - because there are no reporters there.
I don't doubt for a minute that what "the American military said" (the Iraqi soldier opened fire and killed Americans) is true. Whatever this might have to do with the bigger picture in Mosul is pretty much up to the reader's imagination.Posted by Greyhawk at November 15, 2008 04:27 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(4) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)