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thedrifter
08-04-07, 03:23 AM
Bread and a Circus, Part I of II

[Note: Before we begin, a huge congratulations to Iraq for winning the Asian Cup in soccer. As an American, I felt a sense of jubilation when Iraq took the title. I have temporarily left Iraq, for my only “break” this year, and am in Singapore. Singaporeans are talking about the Iraq soccer victory today. It’s all over the news here.]

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/bread-and-a-circus-part-i-of-ii.htm

Ellie

thedrifter
08-10-07, 03:41 PM
Mike Yon's Bread and A Circus Part II
Posted By Blackfive

Mike Yon posts the second part to his Bread and a Circus series.

...The American press that flooded in for the kinetic fighting in Baqubah left when the shooting stopped. Their interest waned for covering these aspects of counterinsurgency. They were gone and missing the real story. Nobody was even watching, but this play was not for the American journalists; it was for the Iraqi people. So with the drivers frightened and ready to abort, the mission could do worse than merely fail; it could backfire. (Like the entire war.)...

Mike puts the mission in the context of the larger picture - winning the Counter-Insurgency War. Read Mike's piece to get an understanding from the perspectives of the Americans and the Iraqis and how they might work together to secure a peace...

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/bread-and-a-circus-part-ii-of-ii.htm

Ellie