This is the 4th post in a series about some ways in which our Long War are changing us. How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side? Why we fight. Causes of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Killing prisoners, our new tactic in the … Continue reading Bloodlust – a natural by-product of a long war?
Summary: It has been five months since the fighting in Basra, which I described as a test of the accuracy of US-based experts vs. on-the-scene war bloggers. Who did a better job of reporting and analysis? My preliminary scoring suggested a clear win for the war-bloggers (see here and here). Here we give a final … Continue reading A lesson learned from the fighting in Basra: the war-bloggers were correct; the experts wrong
Summary: The Internet is buzzing with rumors about a change in al-Sistani's policy towards the Americans in Iraq. Strong opinions are expressed on both sides -- understandable, since this would be a game-changing event. Unfortunately, many in this debate ignore reasonable standards of care in dealing with information from a foreign land, and a war … Continue reading Update: Is al-Sistani about to call for US forces to leave Iraq?
Summary: One of the great themes of US coverage of the Iraq War is the conflicting -- often directly contradictory -- news coverage. As a result, everyone gets to pick the facts they like. Today's example: weapons seized by Iraq government forces in Sadr City. This post examines both stories and finds that one version appears … Continue reading Iraq Army success in Sadr City: true or false?
Here is a comment from Bill Roggio about these posts about war bloggers, posted with his permission. The series you have run here is valuable. I am very interested in seeing how this plays out. I certainly appreciate both the tone and nature of your postings, and your willingness to have a civil and productive … Continue reading Bill Roggio comments on this series about “war bloggers”