July 25, 2006

Please Be Patient

I'm still recovering from jet lag and general exhaustion while scrambling to catch up on everything that got put on hold while I went to Iraq on short notice. (I didn't tell you this before, but I was scheduled to be in Lebanon right now before the Iraq gig came up. Looks like I would not have made it in any case.)

I don't want to get into the quick response style of blogging just yet. First I'm composing a longish essay, a more careful and measured response than what I banged out in haste from Suleimaniya, Iraq, when I didn't really have time.

More soon.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 25, 2006 03:41 PM
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Rest up Michael. We will be here when ever you can post.

Posted by: Cathy at July 25, 2006 04:17 PM

Thanks for the update. Like Cathy, I'll read it whenever you're ready to post it. Take care.

Posted by: Asher Abrams - Dreams Into Lightning at July 26, 2006 03:48 PM

Jet lag, exhaustion and having been out of the loop would make writing anything tough let alone something careful and measured.

This forthcoming essay has the added challenge of having to include (well, I'm guessing) breaking news.

Such as:
Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, in Spiegel Online: Hezbollah Freed Our Country. Link

I'm still processing that bit and I'm not the least bit jet lagged.

Looking forward to your thoughts Michael.
And, eventually, those fancy-camera photos.

Posted by: Stephen_M at July 26, 2006 04:14 PM

Stephen,

Lahoud was appointed president of Lebanon by Bashar Assad. His term has not yet expired, so the Lebanese are still stuck with him even though his own Christian constituency despises him as the Baathist stooge that he is.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at July 26, 2006 04:29 PM

On VitalPerspective.Typepad.com there is a report that 99% of Beirut is untouched by the Israeli attacks. Yet, from news reports, it would seem that every street and hospital have been hit and damaged. Clearly, both of these cannot be true at the same time.

What would be useful would be your evaluation of these claims, based on your experience and contacts. I would suspect that the Hesbollah region you wrote about--in the south--is the primary war zone, but, if the Israelis are to be believed, the remaining parts of the country, save the supply lines to Syria, should see little direct impact from the war.

Posted by: Linc Wolverton at July 26, 2006 07:25 PM
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