A lesson learned from the fighting in Basra: the war-bloggers were correct; the experts wrong

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

Update: Is al-Sistani about to call for US forces to leave Iraq?

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?

Iraq Army success in Sadr City: true or false?

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?

Bill Roggio comments on this series about “war bloggers”

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”