July 05, 2007

Iraq Trip Confirmed

By Michael J. Totten

My media embed with the United States military in Iraq is confirmed. I leave Monday for Kuwait. The first part of my trip in country will include Baghdad and Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

The weather is supposed to be (ahem) lovely this time of year.

I'm going to be out of town for a day or so, but I'll be back here before I leave -- so don't go anywhere.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 5, 2007 12:06 AM

Hi -

Godspeed, Michael, all the best for a safe and for your own personal safety uneventful trip.

Posted by: John F. Opie at July 5, 2007 12:27 AM

Don't forget plenty of sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat.

Take care of yourself.

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Posted by: David M at July 5, 2007 07:44 AM

MJT -- Best of luck. I look forward to your blogs and pray for your safe return.

Posted by: MichaelBrazell at July 5, 2007 09:02 AM

Good luck Michael. You couldn't have picked a better time to go. It'll only be around 50 celcius in the shade this time of year. Enjoy the pool in the IZ, if you get a chance. It's quite impressive.

Posted by: Johnny Seikaly at July 5, 2007 06:52 PM

Hope you enjoy this as I have.

Firebrand cleric Abdul Aziz's capture sparked an exodus from Islamabad's Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, with 1,200 male and female students surrendering to the authorities a day after clashes there left 16 people dead.

...**After all the things he has said and all the oaths he took from his students that they should embrace martyrdom with him, look at this man,** deputy information minister Tariq Azeem said.

It's like an upper-class Indian masquerading as an Untouchable, or a Ruler of the Universe in blackface, trying to fool the cops.

The deputy information minister has it precisely right, just look at this guy, a typical blowhard inciting his followers to martyrdom, who cross dresses and tries to sneak out the alley, leaving his followers to their doom.

This is, shall we say, not unusual. I reported way back when that Osama bin Laden sneaked into Iran from Afghanistan when the going got tough in late 2001...in a burqa. Ditto for many other jihadis in Iraq and Afghanistan, who pretend to be despised females when given a chance to perform the ultimate sacrifice.

You may have noticed that some of the hardliners in Iran are demanding death for former president Khatami, because he shook hands with a woman-not-his-wife.

But I rather wonder if these same tough guys will wrap themselves in burqas and chadors when their moment comes. It's a delicious practice, isn't it? These vile misanthropes who delight in having women stoned or hanged or flogged, sneaking around in drag rather than facing their Maker.

Or the Marines, for that matter, who are firmly committed to arranging the meeting.
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Posted by: TG at July 5, 2007 11:58 PM

I hope you have a great and safe experience and bring back lots of useful info for your readers! Your wife is a saint.

Posted by: Yehudit at July 6, 2007 02:51 AM

Still reading your blog after 4 years, still impressed, and now just a little concerned...

Take care.

Posted by: fish at July 6, 2007 03:14 AM

Safe passage, Michael.

Posted by: Noga at July 6, 2007 06:34 AM

Have a good trip and be safe, Michael.

Posted by: malm at July 6, 2007 09:12 AM


Posted by: John at July 6, 2007 09:34 AM

Thanks Michael, safe passage.

Posted by: Sophia at July 6, 2007 02:58 PM

Take along extra eyes for the back of your head and duck a lot. Also, keep us posted!

Safe journeys,

Posted by: KKDietrich at July 6, 2007 06:17 PM

Good luck.

Posted by: glasnost at July 6, 2007 10:24 PM

All the best and take care of you, Michael!

Posted by: Bernd Dahlenburg at July 7, 2007 12:27 AM

Post it if you're headed upriver from Ramadi.

Posted by: AJ at July 7, 2007 10:56 AM

Have a safe trip, Michael!

Posted by: Scott Moshen at July 8, 2007 05:08 AM

Be safe Michael. Please let me know if you can get any info on the collaboration of Saddam Hussein loyalists and al Qaeda in post and/or pre invasion Iraq. I think some of the guys over there may be ready to open up on what they've found.

Posted by: Mark Eichenlaub at July 9, 2007 08:08 AM

Michael, all the best to you.

Posted by: Asher Abrams at July 9, 2007 03:20 PM
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