February 16, 2006


Stephen Spruiell interviewed me by phone yesterday for National Review Online.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at February 16, 2006 06:46 AM

Hi Michael,
I just want to thank you for your blog. I found you weeks ago through Insta-Pundit. Your coverage is great, and your on going entries on Iraq are fantastic. Keep up the great work, and stay safe. What a wonderful treet it is to see the other half of the news that we would never see if it weren't for people like you.
Best Wishes, Bob Rubel

Posted by: Bob Rubel at February 16, 2006 07:37 AM

Interesting... very interesting. Did it go well?

Posted by: James Harmer at February 16, 2006 07:42 AM

Good interview. I found it even before I came over here. Tomorrow's payday, you'll be getting a little donation. I know I can trust what you write. Thank you.

Posted by: Maggie45 at February 16, 2006 09:12 AM

Great interview. As is always the case when you post about Iraqi-Kurdistan (my preferred term), I put a post and link on my webblog.

Posted by: Charles Chapman at February 16, 2006 05:42 PM

Congratulations on making an appearance in NR, Michael! As much as I may personally dislike the magazine, even I realize that's a pretty big deal. Maybe you can try and talk them into firing Derbyshire next time?

Posted by: Grant McEntire at February 17, 2006 01:08 AM

Like Grant said -- you're moving up, and deserve to.

But I think the interview itself was a bit weak; not exactly lifeless but sputtering while your own blog posts/ TCS articles are sparkling.

(I blame you both.) Glad that many people like it. (Your sputter is better than most folks' sparkle.)

I think a couple brief Kurdish people's quotes as partial response to some questions would have helped -- they're fantastic in your blog.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Libertay Dad at February 17, 2006 05:40 AM

Hi Mike, you have made me soooooo happy with your writings and blog articles about my country kurdistan. only way i can thank you is by donating some big ass dollars into your account.

viva los gringosssssss....

Posted by: wyatt earps kurdish nephew at February 17, 2006 08:42 AM

when I first started reading this post I was going to link to it from my blog www.biggerview.blogspot.com , but then I realized how long it was. Try to make your posts shorter.

Posted by: Just One Thought at February 17, 2006 10:10 AM

Dear Michael,
Just wanna say you are right by saying Kurds and American are very close in their mentality. I am a Kurdish Guy living in California after leaving Europe. We Kurds dont hide our womans and girls, no we dont. We Kurds are proud of dancing with the women hand in hand. We Kurds are proud of our Kurdish tradition that shows us the way of respect, love and liberty. We are - despite lot of suffer from dictators in our neighbarwood - proud of being the peshmerga of love and respect. If you realy understood what "peshmergajati" means you cld feel how a Kurd feels and acts. We believe to be the old nation that NEVER packed with evel.

Jesus is the master of Peshmergajati

Best regards

Posted by: David at February 17, 2006 10:03 PM

"just one thought",

To come on to someone's website and tell them to write shorter posts just so you'll link to them is
incredibly rude. What an inflated ego! I think you'll find that most of Michael's readers are quite
satisfied with his posts, and very grateful. I normally don't respond to others' comments, but
this just was over the top.

Posted by: Maggie45 at February 20, 2006 12:43 PM

Great Blog! But Michael, when I try to go to your home page I just get a blank white page. Sorry this comment is about boring technical 'puter stuff. ;-)

Posted by: Renée C. at February 23, 2006 10:05 AM
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