Michael Yon is a former special forces soldier who has spent the last few years—mostly on his own dime—embedded as a journalist with American and British forces in various regions of Iraq. He has witnessed the Iraq war in a way that no other journalist has: out in the fields of battle, among the towns and villages of the ordinary Iraqis. His reporting on the war far surpasses that of the MSM.
Consequently, when Yon speaks to the current state of affairs in Iraq, his comments deserve a close listen. He notes three key areas in which Iraq today has changed from Iraq in the past:
1. Iraqis are uniting across sectarian lines to drive Al Qaeda in all its disguises out of Iraq, and they are empowered by the success they are having, each one creating a ripple effect of active citizenship.
2. The Iraqi Army is much more capable now than it was in 2005. It is not ready to go it alone, but if we keep working, that day will come.
3. Gen. Petraeus is running the show. Petraeus may well prove to be to counterinsurgency warfare what Patton was to tank battles with Rommel, or what Churchill was to the Nazis.
The MSM prefers to concentrate on the latest suicide bombings and assassinations. But if Yon is correct in his assessment, we’re approaching a tipping point in Iraq that bodes well for the future.