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

Two views of Fallujah – which tells us more about the future?

One consistent oddity of the Iraq War is that we read two streams of reports about it, so different that they might be of different wars.  Here are two such.  One from a mainstream media source.  One from Michael Totten, one of the best-known war-bloggers.  Both are balanced, Totten's especially so, but they give us alternative … Continue reading Two views of Fallujah – which tells us more about the future?

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”

An email discussion with Michael Totten

Michael Totten kindly responded to my post A look at the writings of “war blogger” Michael J. Totten.  I have reformatted our email exchange into an interview format, posted with his permission. MJT:  I heartily agree that my older work is a lot more simplistic than what I write now. I didn't jump from blogger to … Continue reading An email discussion with Michael Totten