May 03, 2005

I'm Back

Just letting everyone know I'm back and will update this page again shortly. It takes a bit more than five minutes to recover from a month in the Middle East and a loooong plane ride home. Don't go away...

Posted by Michael J. Totten at May 3, 2005 10:11 PM
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Welcome back, Michael.

Take the shoes off, have a cool drinkie, look at the skyline, and don't check out the blog for a bit. It's a bit of a mess, so chill and reaclimatize for a bit.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at May 3, 2005 10:22 PM

Glad you back home safely.

Posted by: Benjamin at May 4, 2005 03:09 AM

Michael,
Good to see you back online.
What is going to happen to the Spirit blog?
The Washington Monthly has some interesting guest bloggers right now, and you are being cited (not just by me).

Posted by: lebanon.profile at May 4, 2005 04:42 AM

Welcome back :)

Posted by: Rachel at May 4, 2005 04:58 AM

Welcome back to the wonderful Northwest. Gentle rain, green trees and grass.

Posted by: Gene at May 4, 2005 07:12 AM

Welcome back!

After helping the Lebanese fight for independence and wandering thru the mean streets of Hezbollah territory, you definitely deserve many moments of zen. We're happy to hang out and look at the postcards..

Posted by: mary at May 4, 2005 07:15 AM

Lebanon.Profile,

Who at Washington Monthly is citing me? I can't seem to find it...

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at May 4, 2005 08:18 AM

I said: "...and don't check out the blog for a bit. It's a bit of a mess,

... and what I meant was, don't look in the comments section for a while, there was a bit of a slap fight in there, and some furniture got knocked over and stuff, and mom's lamp got broken, and ....

The blog is fine, Mary and Jeremy did a great job, if the number of comments is any indication.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at May 4, 2005 08:48 AM

The lamp wasn't me!

Posted by: VinoVeritas at May 4, 2005 09:00 AM

"... and what I meant was, don't look in the comments section for a while, there was a bit of a slap fight in there, and some furniture got knocked over and stuff, and mom's lamp got broken, and ...."

I was the only one who behaved himself. It's too bad that everybody can't be as nice as me.

Posted by: David Thomson at May 4, 2005 09:05 AM

Michael, here's the cite at Washington Monthly.

And David thomson was very polite. Politically confused of course, but the politeness more than makes up for it.

Posted by: double-plus-ungood at May 4, 2005 09:20 AM

MJT, You got quoted in a Jack Kelly article recently:

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0405/jkelly042805.php3?printer_friendly

Posted by: Peter G at May 4, 2005 09:38 AM

Michael,
Welcome back, look forward to reading more of your impressions on Lebanon once you get a chance to breathe here at home and reflect on it some more. You're doing yeoman's work and it must be incredible to have been such a part of the new wave of democracy in both Iraq and Lebanon as you have!

That said, I wanted to ask about another experience of yours. You were supposed to have a piece in LA Weekly about your trip to Libya. Did I miss it or is that still in the works and if so, when might we look for it?

Posted by: CP at May 4, 2005 11:14 AM

CP,

The LA Weekly piece on Libya keeps getting delayed because it isn't "timely" while other stories are. It's a travel piece and can be delayed without hurting it. So it goes. I am promised it will run soon.

However, next week in the LA Weekly will be a piece I wrote about Lebanon. That one is timely, so it is not getting bumped.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at May 4, 2005 11:37 AM

Welcome back!

Great, great, great work in Lebanon. I might even venture that it was inspirational. The photo-blogging; the first-hand accounts; just the overall importance you gave to that nation's struggle for freedom were exceptional and very much appreciated!

Posted by: Doug at May 4, 2005 11:57 AM

Welcome back. You probably had the adventure of a lifetime there. It sounded fascinating, exhilerating, exhausting, inspiring, and sobering, all at once. Can't wait to hear more about it--after you relax and decompress.

Posted by: neo-neocon at May 4, 2005 08:34 PM
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