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Baghdad Update: Just a Phase

Here’s another email from my friend Paul, who’s working as a journalist covering Iraq’s descent into civil war. In this message, he describes the hard life of a photographer in Iraq, and reports a downright Rumsefeldian analogy: “We had our militia phase, maybe the rest of the Iraq will get over its own.” It’s a…

Baghdad Update: Media Culpa

For those who are new to the blog (which is a lot of people…), a good friend of mine (best man at my wedding) is a journalist based in Cairo, who does regular shifts as a wire service stringer in Baghdad. He sends occasional email updates about what’s going on over there, and I repost…

The Torture Bill

John Scalzi saves me some typing: I’m proud to be an American, but I’m tired of being ashamed of my government. I’m tired of having to count the seconds until this bilious waste of a president is shoved out the door in January of 2009. I’m tired of hoping that some members of the president’s…

What Might’ve Been

Since everybody else left of Limbaugh is linking it, I might as well throw in a pointer to the Fox interview with Bill Clinton, where he lights into Chris Wallace for asking him about Osama bin Laden: CLINTON: What did I do? What did I do? I worked hard to try to kill him. I…

Baghdad Update: Rust and Paint

Senior Middle East Correspondant Paul Schemm checks in with another email update from Baghdad, this time describing a visit to a tank graveyard. ———————– It was a graveyard. That was the only way to describe it. The place where old war machines came to die. Row upon row of massive sand-colored metal tanks, their huge…

September 11, 2006

Hair Gel and an iPod

As the “binary liquid explosive” plot sounds a little implausible, and the usual lack of, you know, hard evidence regarding the plot begins to become clear, the question has to be asked: what was really up with the terror plot that has banned an entire phase of matter? Wondermark has the answer. (Register link via…

Via Making Light, Aasif Mandvi on The Daily Show delivers a blistering yet deadpan assessment of American Middle East policy to date. I deeply resent living in a world where the only worthwhile political commentary comes from a comedy show.

Baghdad Update: There Is No Normal

Another update from Official Middle East Correspondant Paul Schemm, working as a journalist in Baghdad. These arrive at irregular intervals, but I figure they’re worth reposting when I get them, in case people want a view-from-the-ground perspective. One officer described it to me as the “new face of violence in Baghdad is senseless indirect fire.”…

Good News from Baghdad

Another email update from Senior Middle East Correspondant Paul Schemm, this time including some stuff that could be read as sort-of positive, if you’re a fan of the American presence in Iraq: The US soldiers obligingly stopped periodically during one patrol and allowed me to clamber out and talk to people. What they said surprised…