January 16, 2008

Tons of Material On the Way

I apologize for being a bit slow. I've spent the last five days doing nothing but transcribing my notebooks and recorded interviews and organizing the massive amount of material I have from the Fallujah area. I realized I was not going to be able to proceed with my writing until I finished that, and it's a good thing I did. What I thought was going to be a single dispatch called The Last Mission, for example, will actually turn into a gigantic essay in three parts that might be too long for even a magazine like The Atlantic or The New Yorker.

Now that I have organized all my material, finally, I can tell you how many more essay-length dispatches I'll publish as soon as I have time to write them: eleven. I thought I had eight more, but I have eleven.

I wish I could chug through all this a bit faster, but I can't do justice to the material if I do. I have so much to work with in front of me that I feel like I'm writing a book. So please bear with me, and thank you for being patient.

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A Photo Gallery from Kuwait

Here are some pictures from Kuwait to hold you over while I'm writing my next dispatch from Fallujah.

Kuwait Skyline and Cannon.jpg

Kuwait Skyline from Holiday Inn 1.jpg

Kuwait Skyline from Holiday Inn 2.jpg

Kuwait Skyline at Night.jpg

Kuwait Boat.jpg

Kuwait Al Hashemi Info.jpg

Kuwait Al Hashemi Back.jpg

Kuwait Al Hashemi Side.jpg

Kuwait Beach.jpg

Kuwait Beach 2.jpg

Kuwait Beach 3.jpg

Kuwait Persian Gulf.jpg

Kuwait Mosque.jpg

Kuwait War Remembrance.jpg

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January 14, 2008

Hold Music

While I

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January 11, 2008

The Bravery of Iraqis

Iraqi Army soldiers have a terrible reputation for cowardice and corruption

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January 8, 2008

The Rings on Zarqawi’s Finger

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The Real Racist Candidate

Do you want some "hold music" while I'm finishing up my next article from Fallujah? It should be ready later today, and I'll give you something else on another topic to consider in the meantime.

In the comments section yesterday I asked readers to please stop throwing the "racist" label at presidential candidates they don't like. That's a serious and potentially libelous charge that needs to be backed up with real solid evidence. (Rudy Giuliani and Barack Obama were both unconvincingly called racists by someone or other.)

This is what a real racist presidential candidate looks like. I didn't quite buy that particular accusation against Ron Paul, but now I sure do.

UPDATE: Ron Paul disowns the monstrously racist articles that appeared in his newsletter. That's something, but geez, man. Those kinds of articles certainly would never appear in a newsletter with my name on the top of it. He says he didn't edit his newsletter. Fine. Did he ever read it?

UPDATE: Roger L. Simon says what I mean a little more bluntly: "The only name on those newsletters is Ron Paul, no matter who wrote the actual articles. We all know that most politicians do not write their own speeches, but we certainly hold them to the contents. Why not Paul? And this creepy stuff went on for over ten years. It's not like one week slipped by."

UPDATE: John Podhoretz at Commentary puts it even more bluntly: "Ah, so the Ron Paul Political Report featured articles expressing views a man named Ron Paul found abhorrent, did it? This is reminiscent of the hilarious denunciation by Charles Barkley of his own ghostwritten autobiography. The only difference is that Charles Barkley was a basketball player at the time, while Ron Paul is a sitting member of Congress and a candidate for president of the United States. If he did know about what was published under his name and he

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January 7, 2008

PJ Interviews with McCain and Giuliani

I should have my next article from Fallujah published within the next day or so. This time you will hear from Iraqis, not Americans, as they discuss with me the invasion of their country, counterinsurgency, and Al Qaeda in Iraq among other things.

In the meantime, Roger L. Simon and Claudia Rosett interviewed Rudy Giuliani and John McCain about their foreign policies.

I said in the comments yesterday that I will not turn this blog into a campaign vehicle for any candidate at any time, and it

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January 5, 2008

Quick Poll

While I

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January 4, 2008

Andrew Olmsted Killed In Iraq

Andrew Olmsted -- active duty soldier, blogger, and writer for the Rocky Mountain News

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