One interesting fact: Michael Yon called Iraq a civil war in early 2005, long before any in traditional media were doing so, and was attacked by the right for doing it.
Realists have been predicting a civil war in Iraq from before the invasion. That Yon was willing to call a spade a spade before some of his fellow travellers, may of whom are still expect WMD to be found and the Iraqis to start throwing candy and flowers, hardly qualifies him as a centerist. He is not an objective observer, he's a cheerleader for the U.S. military. His criticisms of the administration have all been of the "if we lose this war, it will be because of the those lousy interfering politico back home who won't let us use enough napalm" variety.The United States will never win in Iraq -- insurgents with enough munitions and a certain level of support among the populace ALWAYS win eventually. And everytime there is an airstrike on the wrong house, or a U.S. soldier runs over a kid in the street or kicks in the door of the wrong family home in the middle of the night, it builds more support for the insurgents.I'd love to see the United States win in Iraq, install an independent, western-friendly, representative, egalitarian, secular democratic government. I'd also love to do body shots off of Carmen Electra's cleavage, but I've accepted the fact that neither of these things is going to happen.
What are you talking about rev? I have never read Yon write anything about domestic US politics or politicians in the US. I didnt say he was centrist, by the way. Or right wing or left wing. I have no idea. That is why I like his work--it is non-political. Is accurate storytelling "cheerleading"? He says up front he went there to tell the stories of the soldiers, but how does that make him less objective? He has reported when US troops have accidentally killed children in front of him.Can you show me where Yon has said anything about losing the war because of politics or US politicians? I think you made that up because you attribute the sentiments of people who cite him to him.If anything, from what I read over the last couple years, he was highly critical of the US overall strategy in Iraq. And of the US military and its dealings with the media. If anything, Yon seems to have gone to war at times with the US military to make sure that he would not be censored or controlled. I think you have no idea what you are talking about.
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