Not much time to blog tonight. If I understand the dog correctly, I'm to grab the fishing pole and go out back for an hour or two...
I've got a couple of good reads to pass along first though:
Jeff Emanual has Don't Abandon the Iraqis Now
- The ‘Surge’ in Iraq, and the counterinsurgency strategy that the increase in forces was designed to support, has succeeded, in a very brief span of time, far beyond what most familiar with the situation there would ever have imagined – let alone realistically expected. A large part of the reason for this is that, in many different ways, the people of Iraq have shown bravery that we can only hope that Americans, if put into the same situation, would ever dream of showing.
Michael J. Totten has Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over
RAMADI, IRAQ – In early 2007 Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province, was one of the most violent war-torn cities on Earth. By late spring it was the safest major city in Iraq outside Kurdistan.