If you really want to know what's happening on the ground, outside the Green Zone, read it. Things are getting better and it's the Iraq government and Iraq people who are beginning to pull their weight. In other words the 'Surge' is Working.
Media coverage went from a near monopoly ... to a nearly capsized boat as journalists flooded in ... to see the fight. They managed to miss most of it.What gives Michael the edge over the MSM is that he stays with the operations in the field. He does not go back to the safety of the Green Zone at every opportunity. He also reports it as he sees it - the good, the bad and the ugly.
...[T]he people of Baqubah are generally ecstatic ...[W]e have morphed from being invaders to occupiers to members of a tribe. I call it the “al Ameriki tribe,” or “tribe America.”Operation Arrowhead Ripper is in its 16 day as of Michael's dispatch dated July 5th.
...[M]ost Iraqis seem now to realize that we really don’t want to stay here ... we are not resolved to stay ... we are telling the truth.Yes, there are encouraging signs from Iraq, but you probably will not read about them in the MSM.
[AT first] ... the Iraqi leaders seemed mostly inert. ...[Now] they are out politicking, showing their faces in public, letting the people know they are in charge.Be sure to pay Michael Yon a visit.