July 09, 2007

On My Way to Kuwait

By Michael J. Totten

I'm leaving for Kuwait now, and should be in Iraq by the end of the week. Co-blogger Noah Pollak is coming out of hiding and will help keep fresh content on the site while I'm in travel limbo and out in the field gathering new material. Be nice in the comments and keep an eye on America for me while I'm away.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at July 9, 2007 06:46 PM
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Stay safe, Michael.

Posted by: Renée C. at July 9, 2007 08:36 PM

Michael,

Let's do coffee while you're in Kuwait

Posted by: rampurple at July 10, 2007 12:08 AM

Good luck MJT... Stay safe out there.

Posted by: Microraptor at July 10, 2007 06:56 AM

Welcome to our neighborhood.

Posted by: The Perpetual Refugee at July 10, 2007 07:13 AM

Why is it that we have:
- reportedly 140,000 troops massed on the Turkish border with an electoral party poised to take a majority and change the constition

- Syrian incursion into Lebanon, not to mention the snipping of key figures ongoing

- Overt iranian complicity in killing US soldiers

- Gaza in full revolt; West Bank slipping fast

- Israeli papers abuzz with rumors of another War post July 15th

- Pakistan in open revolt - how long can Musharriff hang on?

Why is it that there is not a single cogent piece weaving all these events together. Diplomacy failed unfortunately -- the decison now seems stark, action or inaction?

Posted by: kona at July 10, 2007 07:15 AM

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Posted by: David M at July 10, 2007 07:22 AM

To answer your question Kona:

Because a single piece weaving together a bunch of not-necessarily related events could hardly be described as "cogent."

Posted by: Naha at July 10, 2007 08:12 AM

How exciting! Have a safe trip!

Posted by: Tracy at July 10, 2007 09:49 AM

Have a safe trip, Mr. Totten.

Posted by: Dan at July 10, 2007 12:00 PM

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Posted by: MattW at July 10, 2007 03:07 PM

Michael, when you have a moment, I'm curious about what Michael Young said about the Syrian invasion around Yanta. How does he know it is true? Has he seen it for himself? I'm more than willing to believe Syria would do what their supposed to be doing, but right now it isn't clear they are actually doing it. The only sources are a couple of not-always-100%-reliable Arab papers and Debka (though Debka probably got their 'exclusive' from one of those papers).

Posted by: MattW at July 10, 2007 03:15 PM

link up for us when you can. And don't forget to
keep yer head on a swivel.

Posted by: Airedale at July 10, 2007 03:22 PM

Naha,

Perhaps you are right and the view certainly comports with Sec. Chertoff's gut feeling, as reported by ABC News this am. One doesn't necessarily nor usually describe gut feels as cogent, but that is the world we live in. The not necessarily is too easy a hedge. Let's hope global "intelligence" agencies are not so averse.

Posted by: kona at July 11, 2007 06:31 AM

Be careful Mike! Bring back good stories!

Posted by: Ratatosk at July 11, 2007 11:13 AM

A response to your 'Syria invades Lebanon' story, and the theory that if Syria does it, no attention is payed, but if Israel did it, the news would be all over it.

Yesterday, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped a Lebanese citizen, Mahir Faris Hamdan, from Shib`a and then released him. You will not read this in the Western press.

Posted by: Ellie at July 11, 2007 03:42 PM

"Michael, when you have a moment, I'm curious about what Michael Young said about the Syrian invasion around Yanta. How does he know it is true? Has he seen it for himself? I'm more than willing to believe Syria would do what their supposed to be doing, but right now it isn't clear they are actually doing it. The only sources are a couple of not-always-100%-reliable Arab papers and Debka (though Debka probably got their 'exclusive' from one of those papers)." NattW

Thats exactly what I was thinking. Where are the pictures to prove it all? Michael Young is very clever at talking, but very weak at proving.

Posted by: Ellie at July 11, 2007 03:45 PM
<blockquoteYesterday, Israeli occupation forces kidnapped a Lebanese citizen, Mahir Faris Hamdan, from Shib`a and then released him. You will not read this in the Western press.

Remarkable. I read about that at the Angry Arab weblog. Word for word, in fact.

Interestingly, he doesn't provide a link to an Arab news source. Maybe we won't read it in the Arab press either?

And if Sheba Farms is occupied by the Israeli military, he was not 'kidnapped' but 'arrested'.

Posted by: MattW at July 11, 2007 03:55 PM

Good luck, Michael. And good seeing.

Posted by: chuck at July 11, 2007 06:40 PM

Ellie: if the "occupation forces" kidnapped him then released him, it wasn't much of a kidnapping was it? More like a detention...

Posted by: stephanie at July 11, 2007 08:30 PM

Badgers ? Badgers ? We don't need no stinkin' badgers !!

I'm sure everyone has seen this story but just in case it has passed under someone's radar I have linked it above. Hard to know whether to laugh or cry. This is not even peering through the 'looking glass' at the unreal. It is more akin to peering through A 'looking glass' just to be able to peer through THE 'looking glass'.

And people wonder how Iraq(and the rest of the area) can be so fubared. It MUST be OUR fault. If only.

If only.

Frankly at this point I almost wish that these 'badgers' really existed. LOTS OF THEM. Probably raise the collective IQ for the area in question.

One way or the other.

Posted by: dougf at July 12, 2007 08:38 AM

http://ontheface.blogware.com/blog

Check this out! MJT friend and Blogger extraordinaire Lisa Goldmann is pissing off all of the right people by reporting from Beirut on Israeli TV. Go Lisa!

Be sure to read the links, especially the Sandmonkey's PJ media entry.

Posted by: lindsey at July 12, 2007 04:55 PM

Stay safe Micheal and please keep us posted.

Posted by: Mark Eichenlaub at July 12, 2007 06:10 PM

MattW: He was kidnapped in Sheb'a, not Shb'a farms - try reading properly. Sheb'a is a village near the Sheb'a farms - in Lebanese territory. Tells you alot about who the Sheb'a farms really belongs to. This tells you that this civilian was kidnapped - and in order to do so, IDF must cross into Lebanon from Israel, therefore infringing the country's sovereignty, kidnap the civilian in an unprovoked and invasion of Lebanon and terrorisiong the civilian and the local population. Also, why don't I see any reports around the fact that the UN has admitted that Sheb'a is Lebanese territory and has asked Israel to withdraw? If this is correct, the concept that everyone here has that Israel has fully withdrawn from Lebanon and Hizbollah is only fighting to 'wipe Israel off the map' completely collapses. What would be interesting is the Lebanese army battling in Sheb'a farms against the IDF - then sitting back and watch how the world will dismiss it as an act of terrorism conducted by some Iranian and Syrian affiliated persons within the Lebanese Army ranks. Finally, it has been exposed that Rice has told Seniora and March 14 in general that if they don't hold together they will be 'hanging from poles'. A link is present in the Angry Arab website.

Posted by: Ellie at July 13, 2007 06:21 PM
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