Resistance is futile

No thinking person would look at last year's weather reports to judge whether it will rain today, yet we do something similar with Iraq news. The situation in Iraq has drastically changed, but the inertia of bad news leaves many convinced that the mission has failed beyond recovery, that all Iraqis are engaged in sectarian violence, or are waiting for us to leave so they can crush their neighbors. This view allows our soldiers two possible roles: either ... Full Story »

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Alexia Katz
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by Alexia Katz - Oct. 1, 2008

This article requires a VERY close reading. Yon is saying a great deal more than just "The Main-Stream Media Have Got It All Wrong." He says that the war in Iraq is not as bad as it's being made out to be. He is NOT saying that all is well. But I had to read the article carefully to get that. Not sure why, as Yon is usually above "spin" and vagueness, but there were several times when I thought, " Hold on a minute, I need to go over this again." I read/support him because he seems straight-forward, but that belief in his veracity is an act of faith and desperation on my part as the rest of reporting on the war is either highly partisan or just dumb. There is no way for me to know who is right as his voice, and the Main-Stream ... More »

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Judith Davidsen
1.0
by Judith Davidsen - Oct. 1, 2008

Not good journalism, not even journalism. Woefully long-winded self-congratulation and pitch for reader assistance. Precious little to back up claims that things in Iraq are better than what we are reading/hearing stateside. I know a people love this guy, but I wish he actually produced what they claim he does.

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Julian Friedland
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by Julian Friedland - Oct. 1, 2008

This guy is nothing but a brainwashed embedded military man. If it's Yon flush is down.

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Roland F. Hirsch
5.0
by Roland F. Hirsch - Oct. 1, 2008

Mr Yon is generally considered the best informed reporter on Iraq. His reports are required reading for anyone interested in understanding what is going on there. He was the first, more than two years ago, to report on the civil war among factions there. In this analysis he seeks to explain the generally uninformed, dated and slanted reporting on Iraq that appears in many media. He also reports on the wrong impressions of Iraq that are thus circulated worldwide. This is journalism at its best, in the tradition of Ernie Pyle and other front-line reporters. Note: this is a long article, with numerous illustrations by the author.

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Joe Silverman
4.7
by Joe Silverman - Oct. 1, 2008

what a contrast to TV commentators and mainstream news. Yon does not do his reporting from the hotel bar like most journalists

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