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  • Syria: Outrage is Not a Strategy

    09/03/2013 10:12:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    michaelyon-online.com ^ | 02 September 2013 | Michael Yon
    Never Go to War without the Support of Your People In 2006, the talking points from London and Washington insisted: we had won the war in Afghanistan, and Iraq was not in civil war. To say otherwise was apostasy. In 2006, British Defense Secretary John Reid was famously quoted on Afghanistan: "We are in the south to help and protect the Afghan people construct their own democracy. "We would be perfectly happy to leave in three years and without firing one shot because our job is to protect the reconstruction." Adversaries made Mr. Reid’s comment more infamous by misquoting him...
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (Incompetence in Afghanistan)

    10/13/2012 1:53:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 44 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | August 20, 2010 | Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • Stunning Letter: Infantry Colonel Communiqué to Secretary of the Army (MUST READ)

    10/10/2012 10:40:01 AM PDT · by FreedomPoster · 57 replies
    Micheal Yon ^ | 10 October 2012 | Micheal Yon
    This is the most stunning and forceful letter I have read from the Afghanistan war. It was written in 2010 from Afghanistan by Colonel Harry Tunnell, the Brigade Commander of 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. After this letter, Colonel Tunnell was investigated and the normal smear campaign unfolded. Having been embedded with his Brigade in 2010, it became obvious that they were put into a no-win situation, with troops spread over several provinces in Afghanistan.
  • ‘The Good War’ Has Gone Terribly Wrong (Afghanistan)

    10/03/2012 10:54:19 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Michael Yon Online Magazine ^ | October 02, 2012 | Kathleen McKinley
    Really disturbing news out of Afghanistan that may be being overlooked with all the Presidential election news going on. The New York Times reported in August that the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan has more than doubled since Pres. Obama took office. From Michael Yon: “Afghan forces are infested with Taliban suicide killers. Two more “green-on-blue” attacks have occurred in the last few days, killing six more troops. Days ago, the Taliban executed an audacious attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed. Under darkness without moon, at least fifteen attackers breached the wire,...
  • America’s Dumbest War, Ever

    09/26/2012 9:12:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 26 September 2012 | Michael Yon
    Yesterday a concerned father forwarded to me a letter from his son in Afghanistan. I confirmed authenticity, and republish with permission: Dad, I am fed up. I cannot believe the lack of attention the recent changes in this war is receiving by the media or the country. I think I saw one thing on CNN about the following subject, but I had to dig extensively to find it. The purpose of this letter is to let you know of the garbage that our soldiers are going through right now. With this knowledge, I hope that you take action by writing...
  • Golden Seconds (Open Letter to Panetta and Obama) (Michael Yon)

    10/25/2011 12:34:53 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Michael Yon ONline ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | Michael Yon
    Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and President Barack Obama Gentlemen, For the last seven years I have written about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have covered the US Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy. I’ve also covered the British, Lithuanian, Afghan and Iraqi forces, among others, in places ranging from Iraq to the Philippines and beyond. My most recent embed in Afghanistan was at personal invitation from then-General David Petraeus. It is said that I have spent more time with American combat forces than any writer in US history. I do not know if this...
  • Watch Your Step

    10/11/2011 6:54:02 AM PDT · by fso301 · 9 replies
    http://www.michaelyon-online.com/ ^ | Oct 10, 2011 | Michael Yon
    10 October 2011 Afghanistan The choice is yours. If blood and guts are too much, the video at the end of this dispatch is not for you. Do not click the button if your stomach is too weak for war. Unless you are a paramedic or work in a trauma center, THE VIDEO IS NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
  • Men at War: Come Home with Your Shield, or On It (Michael Yon)

    08/09/2011 2:11:45 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 3 replies · 1+ views
    MichaelYonOnline ^ | 8-8-11 | Michael Yon
    During the mission 08 August 2011 Zhari District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan The men here can be seen saluting senior officers, while saying, “Sir, with your shield or on it.” This is the mantra of Task Force Spartan. On the morning of 30 July, members of 4-4Cav boarded CH-47 helicopters and at 0300 landed in the middle of a Taliban stronghold. Over the next 48 hours, there were at least 27 firefights. The number taken for confirmed enemy killed was eleven, though likely the actual number was considerably higher. During the first day, one of our Soldiers was shot in...
  • Michael Yon's Photos - Wall Photos

    08/08/2011 8:10:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Facebook ^ | Michael Yon
    Our New American Writes Earlier I posted a photo of a Female Engagement Team (FET). One of the FET members is a new American from Iraq. Zena joined the US Army. Zena writes: "Zena Admounabdfany: I love this photo of us Mr. Yon!! Thank you for welcoming me to USA. I love, enjoy and appreciate every second of my life in USA! God bless our nation! It was great working with you in that mission." and: "Zena Admounabdfany: I am honored to be part of the greatest army in the world beside the bravest soldiers ever."
  • Mike Yon: A Bogus Report By Rolling Stone About Our Troops In Afghanistan Has Me Crying 'Bulls**t'

    03/30/2011 11:40:00 AM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2011 | Michael Yon
    Seldom do I waste time with rebutting articles, and especially not from publications like Rolling Stone. Tuesday, numerous people sent links to me of the latest Rolling Stone tripe. The story is titled “The Kill Team, The Full Story.” It should be titled: “BULLS**T, from Rolling Stone.” The story—not really an “article”—covers soldiers from 5/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) in Afghanistan. A handful of soldiers were accused of murder. It does in fact appear that a tiny group of rogues committed premeditated murder. I was embedded with the 5/2 SBCT and was afforded incredible access to the brigade by...
  • Michael Yon invited by Brits and US to embed again

    06/26/2010 7:42:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 24 replies
    Michael Yon On Line ^ | June 24, 2010 | Kay B. Day
    Michael Yon has been invited to embed again by both Great Britain and the US.Michael Yon isn’t a correspondent who sparks a neutral reaction in the reader. You either love him or you don’t. There’s not much of an in-between. In April Yon’s embed in Afghanistan ended abruptly. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, was in charge and some of Yon’s fans blamed the general. The official reason given was “overcrowding by journalists.” In a dispatch announcing the change, Yon wrote, “Haven’t seen a journalist in weeks.” In the preceding month, Yon had pulled no punches in...
  • Michael Yon’s criticism of McChrystal deemed prophetic

    06/22/2010 1:45:28 PM PDT · by Constitution Day · 61 replies · 2+ views
    The US Report via michaelyon-online.com ^ | June 22, 2010 | Kay B. Day
    Rolling Stone’s advance of an article with controversial remarks by Gen. Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama’s prosecution of the war will be on the screen for days to come. Apparently the general opened up to a freelancer and held little back when it came to deriding vice-president Joe Biden and ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry. Eikenberry retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant General.* But war correspondent Michael Yon had begun to ask questions about the leadership in Afghanistan weeks ago. The Washington Post said McChrystal “is quoted in an upcoming profile in Rolling Stone magazine as...
  • ( Michael Yon )Military Mysteriously Cuts Short Top War Correspondent's Time in Afghanistan

    06/02/2010 11:02:05 PM PDT · by Leisler · 26 replies · 762+ views
    The military has cut short a war correspondent's embed, and there may be evidence that the decision may have been part of a smear campaign against the writer. Michael Yon, a former Green Beret, has been covering Iraq and Afghanistan for six years. He has also covered conflicts in Thailand, the Philippines, and Nepal. Following a string of events covered by Yon that cast a negative light on two top NATO commanders, the military decided to terminate Yon's embed prematurely, citing reasons that didn't add up. ISAF's reason for disembedding Yon was “embed overcrowding.” Yet in an email to Admiral...
  • Who In the MSM Will Stand Up For Michael Yon? (McChrystal banishes Michael Yon to Thailand!)

    05/25/2010 7:42:06 PM PDT · by MestaMachine · 131 replies · 4,347+ views
    Big Journalism ^ | May 25, 2010 | Ron Futrell
    The best war journalist of our time has been kicked out of Afghanistan... Let the administration boot Helen Thomas out of her seat in the front of a White House press conference and there would be outrage. Remove Jonathan Karl from the Capitol and media would revolt. Kick Andrea Kremer off Sunday Night Football and there would be pandemonium. And yet nobody in the media seems to have much of a problem with Michael Yon being removed from the front lines by Obama/General McChrystal. Yon has openly stated the problems in Afghanistan right now and how we could lose...
  • Military rebuffs blogger’s call for top Canadian general to be fired

    03/03/2010 7:17:02 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 681+ views
    National Post ^ | March 03, 2010
    KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Canadian military in Afghanistan emphatically denied Wednesday a claim by an American blogger popular among soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that Canada's commander, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, should be fired for not having prevented an attack on a bridge near the Kandahar Airfield where an American soldier and four Afghan civilians died Monday. Blogger Michael Yon, a former Special Forces soldier who has sometimes had strained relations with the U.S. and British military bureaucracy because of his writing, alleged Canadian troops were not providing security as they should have because they and Brig.-Gen. Menard were watching...
  • Michael Yon Handcuffed By Security Bullies At SeaTac

    01/05/2010 2:50:39 PM PST · by Biggirl · 18 replies · 1,238+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | January 5, 2010 | Steve McGough
    An act of injustice. This really ticks me off. Michael Yon, who I follow regularly as he travels with embedded troops around the world as they fight insurgents, Taliban, al-Qaida and other terrorists was handcuffed and detained by TSA security at SeaTac earlier today when he was returning from overseas. Update: Yon did not say that TSA handcuffed him – I made that assumption. My guess is that it was Customs or Immigration when he was re-entering the USA. I just updated my post headline accordingly. Get this. They wanted to know what his annual income was, and since he...
  • Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

    01/05/2010 10:39:04 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 56 replies · 3,152+ views
    Hot AirPundit ^ | January 05, 2010 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from...
  • Michael Yon Handcuffed by TSA at SeaTac (Updated)("refusing to say how much money I make")

    01/05/2010 2:19:39 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 215 replies · 4,236+ views
    The Jawa Report ^ | January 05, 2010 | Dr. Rusty Shackleford
    This from Michael Yon on Facebook: http://ww.facebook.com/MichaelYonFanPageGot arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eve...eventually came -- they were professionals -- and rescued me from the border bullies. h/t tip North Shore JournalInstead of going after those that are suspected terrorists, this happens? I was reading a post at JWF, where Joan Rivers was booted...
  • Breaking: Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport

    01/05/2010 11:53:51 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 63 replies · 2,519+ views
    Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from...
  • Michael Yon Arrested at Seattle Airport

    01/05/2010 10:40:26 AM PST · by NetRight Nation · 24 replies · 1,893+ views
    NetRight Nation ^ | January 5, 2009 | Adam Bitely
    This seems to have happened about an hour ago. Apparently, Michael Yon was arrested at the Seattle Airport after refusing to tell airport security how much money he earns! This seems like a resonable reason to detain someone... On Michael Yon's Facebook Fan Page, the following updates were posted: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not "arrested", but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port...
  • Canadian Cover Up?

    01/04/2010 10:33:19 AM PST · by 4horses+amule · 11 replies · 2,046+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | Jan 4, 2010 | Michael Yon
    04 January 2010 (Unfortunately, this news comes as I wait to board a flight from Hong Kong to the United States. It must be written quickly and without editing.) A reporter at Canwest News Service emailed Saturday asking for information on the four Canadian soldiers and the journalist who were killed on December 30 in Afghanistan. I supplied a portion of the unpublicized information, and the reporter emailed Sunday that the Canadian military is “trying to suppress our telling of your information.” The reporter also wrote, “While the Canadian military confirmed to me much of the information you provided, they...
  • Michael Yon: The War in Afghanistan Is Winnable

    10/20/2009 9:54:11 AM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies · 855+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 19, 2009 | Michael Yon
    I respect the work of Dexter Filkins, who wrote this weekend’s New York Times Magazine story “Stanley McChrystal’s Long War.” Filkins is a seasoned war correspondent whose characterizations of Iraq ring true. Much of his latest piece resonates with my ongoing experiences in Afghanistan. Despite the great length of the article, the few points that did not resonate were more trivialities for discussion than disagreements. Filkins did a fine job. To be clear, I have developed a strong belief that the war is winnable, though on current trends we will lose. Filkins seemed to present a similar argument. In my...
  • Market Garden (Michael Yon)(Great story & photos)

    10/13/2009 7:34:52 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 1,040+ views
    -excerpt- A world away from Afghanistan, over in Holland, was approaching the 65th anniversary of the allied liberation from Nazi occupation, and I had been invited to attend by James “Maggie” Megellas. Maggie, who had fought his way through Holland and is today remembered there as a hero, is said to be the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. Now 92, Maggie has recently spent about two months tooling around the battlefields of Afghanistan, and though it would be an honor to finally meet him, there was the matter of extracting myself from Kandahar City...
  • Video: MSNBC's Chris Matthews Whines: 'Right-Wing Crap' On Best Seller List

    09/19/2009 8:21:07 AM PDT · by Justaham · 34 replies · 1,968+ views
    Newstimes.com ^ | 9-19-09 | Kyle Drennan
    While concluding a segment on racism involved in anti-Obama protests, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews promoted the book of one of his guests, liberal historian Douglas Brinkley, and proceeded to rant: "There’s so much right-wing crap on the best seller list these days. It’s great to see a book that you might want to put on your shelf and let your respected friends see you actually reading." Brinkley’s book, Teddy Roosevelt: The Wilderness Warrior, did make the New York Times best seller list, coming in at twenty one. However, the list’s top ten was dominated by "right-wing crap." Michelle Malkin’s...
  • Pedros (Michael Yon)(helicopter rescues in Afghanistan)

    09/16/2009 3:02:05 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 32 replies · 1,468+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | September 14, 2009
    Helmand Province, Afghanistan With the war increasing, Air Force Pararescue has been crisscrossing the skies picking up casualties. (excerpt) We are flying in a special U.S. Air Force Blackhawk helicopter to fetch a seriously ill British soldier. In Iraq, many of the casevacs were done by ground forces. In other words, if we hit a bomb or got shot, soldiers would load up the dead and wounded and rush them to the CSH (Combat Support Hospital or “cash”). But in Afghanistan most of the fighting occurs outside the cities and far away from the base hospitals. Rescue helicopters stationed at...
  • An Artery of Opium, A Vein of Taliban (critical real info on Afghanistan)

    07/28/2009 8:12:15 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 1 replies · 325+ views
    BigHollywood.Breitbart.com ^ | 27 July 2009 | Michael Yon
    An Artery of Opium, A Vein of TalibanPosted By Michael Yon On July 27, 2009 @ 1:38 pm In Michael Yon Dispatches, military | 10 Comments 27 July 2009Sangin, AfghanistanAfghanistan as seen from Washington and London. Afghanistan as seen from the shoes of pundits who do not land here, who often say we have enough helicopters. Any politician who says we have enough helicopters should be shunned for incompetence, lying, or both. Afghanistan as seen from the eyes of Big Business and regional powers. As seen from the altitude of the International Space Station: Most of the world’s opium supply...
  • Girl with no future

    07/09/2009 6:52:46 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 30 replies · 1,152+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/9/09 | Michael Yon
    It's not the troops; it's not the economy; it's not that it's mountainous and landlocked like Austria and Switzerland. It's the society. I write these words from Ghor province, and it's like the Jurassic Park in Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Nangahar ... keep going. A person can tool around in towns like Kabul, Jalalabad or Mazar-i-Sharif and build up hopes, but to extrapolate beyond the tangible is folly. Iraq is 1,000 years more advanced than Afghanistan. Nepal is far more connected to and cognizant of the outside world.
  • Gates, Petraeus, McKiernan, McChrystal and Rodriguez (Michael Yon)

    05/13/2009 9:20:59 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 31 replies · 1,513+ views
    michaelyon-online.com ^ | 5/13/2009 | Michael Yon
    Every British officer I talk with asks what in the world happened with General McKiernan, and why was his relief performed so publicly. I do not know. And I do not personally know General McKiernan. I do know that these ears have never heard someone speak a foul word about him, and I talk with lots of interesting people. If he, McKiernan, was a bad general I would have heard about it. However, General McKiernan did make some statements about additional troops to Afghanistan, and when he made those statements I remember thinking, “He’s going to get fired.” And so...
  • Gurkha II

    05/12/2009 9:36:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 753+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | 10 May 2009 | Michael Yon
    Today’s mission included moving to capture some bomb makers. What the Gurkhas did not know was that the action they thought they were moving to was not the actual training. The real training was to be an attack on them that would occur along the way. Major Will Kefford, the commander of C coy, continues to throw unexpected curveballs at the men. Nothing is sacred. Everything is a trick. Before we set off, Major Kefford said to me something like, “See that man on the ground over there? That’s Agnish. He got the Military Cross in Afghanistan on the last...
  • Michael Yon: Obama plan for Afghanistan, Pakistan short on bold

    04/02/2009 10:27:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 498+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | April 2, 2009 | Michael Yon
    President Obama's new plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan (AfPak) was eagerly anticipated. I first reported from Afghanistan in early 2006 that the war was being lost, so any new plan to address the problems is at least three years late. This is not Mr. Obama's fault, but it is his problem. During his March 27 announcement, Mr. Obama said that critical assets were diverted from Afghanistan to Iraq. That's true, but it's not the only reason why Afghanistan is in trouble. For a variety of reasons - history, geography, people - Iraq is remarkably different than AfPak. Most Americans know...
  • NiteCap at Freedom Radio, Sunday 3/29, 8 PM EDT: Cat Moy, Michael Yon, Jake Rademacher

    03/27/2009 10:28:29 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 19 replies · 932+ views
    Freedom Radio ^ | March 28, 2009 | HonestConservative
    Join Honest Conservative this Sunday, March 29, at 8 PM Eastern time, on Freedom Radio. Her guests this week are: Catherine Moy, the Executive Director of Move America Foward. Catherine has opened an exploratory committee to run for Congress in California's 10th District, home to Travis Air Force Base. Catherine is an award-winning journalist with 19 years of experience as an investigative reporter, author, editor, columnist, feature writer and business writer, Catherine is also a human-rights activist nominated her for a Pulitzer for her investigations on elder abuse in nursing homes. In 2006, she co-authored with Melanie Morgan, Chairman of...
  • Obama on Afghanistan (Michael Yon is disappointed)

    03/27/2009 11:42:46 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 10 replies · 783+ views
    Michael Yon ^ | MARCH 27, 2009 | Michael Yon
    President Obama has just spoken on AfPak. I closed my eyes and listened closely to his words, coming via the BBC from the other side of the world. The President's words were disappointing. He talked about our goal to reach a force level of 134,000 Afghan soldiers and 82,000 police by 2011. This is not even in the neighborhood of being enough. Further, the increase of 21,000 U.S. troops is likely just a bucket of water on the growing bonfire. One can only expect that sometime in 2010, the President will again be forced to announce another increase in U.S....
  • The Pathetic Afghan Army & Will Obama Fumble Iraq? (Michael Yon)

    03/11/2009 8:56:43 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 492+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 3-11-09 | Michael Yon
    The disconnect between reporting and reality on Iraq was dramatic during 2005. Media stories about the incompetence and hopelessness of the Iraqi army and police were like the soup of the day, every day. Yet month by month, before my eyes, Iraqi security forces were improving. Reporting this truth earned the label of “stooge,” because the soup of the day was Failure. Millions of Americans and Europeans apparently wanted Iraqis to suffer because those same Americans and Europeans seemed to hate George Bush. Today Iraq is succeeding, but as Generals Petraeus or Odierno might say, the situation remains fragile and...
  • Michael Yon: TORTURE: Some Thoughts: PART I

    03/04/2009 7:12:32 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies · 996+ views
    Michael Yon - Online Magazine ^ | March 4, 2009 | Michael Yon
    On 24 February 2009, President Barack Obama said during his speech: “The United States of America Does Not Torture.” The President’s words were cast LIVE, around the globe, and I was literally on the other side of the world, a dozen time zones away watching it on CNN. I made a small entry on the website with a few thoughts, unleashing a torrent of criticism, which was expected; I don’t write to please, but in an attempt to deliver truth about the war.
  • Live from Sderot- A report from Michael Yon

    02/05/2009 9:12:02 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 3 replies · 480+ views
    There had been a light, cold drizzle just before the Muslim taxi driver picked me up in Jerusalem. It should be a 90-minute drive to Sderot, in southern Israel. Along the wet highway, I asked the driver to stop at a small town so that I could buy a juice, and inside the Muslim store a television was turned to news in English, showing success of the most recent Iraqi elections. In the past, candidates often hid their faces, but this time photos were posted all over the walls and buildings. A fundamental change has occurred. A wave of satisfaction...
  • Michael Yon: How Can the World Be Blind to Israel’s Existential Threats?

    01/30/2009 4:49:59 AM PST · by Tolik · 24 replies · 1,234+ views
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | January 30, 2009 | Michael Yon
    It is amazing to me that there is so much confusion over who the terrorists are, who wants war, and who wants peace. I heard Benjamin Netanyahu, the person who could soon become Israel’s new prime minister, speak this week at the Jerusalem Conference. The most pressing point that he talked about was that under no circumstances should Jerusalem be divided. Many believe that if Jerusalem were to divide, the terrorist group Hamas would set up a headquarters here, which would result in Iranian agents — who also wish to see genocide against the Israelis — setting up shop within...
  • MOORE MISUSES WAR PICTURE

    01/15/2009 10:11:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 913+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 15, 2009
    MICHAEL Moore may wind up in court with a prize-winning journalist who claims the mountain-size moviemaker ripped off his most famous photo to use in a George W. Bush-bashing rant. Last year, to illustrate one of his anti-administration bombasts, the portly polemicist posted on his michaelmoore.com Web site a heartbreaking photo from Iraq of an American soldier carrying the blood-spattered body of a child. The picture was snapped by acclaimed independent war correspondent Michael Yon, who has been very careful about how his images are distributed and goes out of his way to make sure they aren't used for demagogic...
  • Michael Yon: The Art of the End of War

    12/09/2008 6:22:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 1,047+ views
    michaelyon-online.com ^ | 01 December 2008 | Michael Yon
    Zabul Province, Afghanistan (Travel from Iraq to Afghanistan, and needless bureaucratic delays, nearly killed this dispatch. Though many photos were made during the recent journey in Iraq, none are included here. Bureaucracy unrelated to our combat forces continues to steal frontline photos and words from your screen. We seem to have two Armies: One Army of true soldiers moving mountains to win wars, while the other Army does everything possible to break the machine while playing soldier. Though I am with excellent U.S. forces in the hinterlands of Afghanistan, this dispatch describes my final “mission” with outstanding soldiers in Iraq.)...
  • Happy Ending (Michael Yon)

    11/21/2008 11:01:38 AM PST · by cyclotic · 2 replies · 601+ views
    michaelyon-online ^ | November 19, 2008 | Michael Yon
    Between 2007 and 2008, I got to know a man in South Baghdad whose codename was “Bishop.” This is the short story of his life. His parents were Kurdish Sunnis. They moved to Baghdad 34 years ago – recently married and excited to make a new life for themselves and create a family. Bishop’s real name was Bashar Akram Ameen; the name given to him when he was born on October 6, 1978 in the Abu Ghraib apartments in Baghdad. Bashar had three sisters and one brother. His schooling included graduating from a Baghdad high school in the class of...
  • Happy Endings are not Found in Hollywood

    11/19/2008 5:10:43 PM PST · by The Conservative Yogini · 1 replies · 290+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world. - Jerusalem Talmud, Sanhedrin 4:8 (37a) You don't need to go to the movies to find a great story .Great stories are to be had in our own lives, particularly in the lives of the men and women over in Iraq who are giving their energy and their time to bringing true hope and change to Iraqis and their war-torn country. Not only are they bringing blessings to a foreign land,...
  • Afghan Quicksand Awaits Obama

    11/10/2008 12:49:15 PM PST · by AJKauf · 10 replies · 205+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 10, 2008 | Michael Yon
    To ensure that we have influence over the outcome, we need more soldiers in Afghanistan, and fast. They need to be U.S. forces, British, Canadian, and Aussie; we cannot depend on NATO in general and they don’t know how to fight anyway. Unless President-elect Obama knows some kind of magic spell, he will not be able to persuade most NATO countries to do the right thing. Springtime 2009 will likely bring very heavy fighting in Afghanistan. We will not have credible negotiating positions while we remain outgunned by a bunch of old rifles and dinged-up RPGs. While security in Iraq...
  • Michael Yon: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in High School

    10/31/2008 2:49:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 823+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 31, 2008 | Michael Yon
    October 31, 2008, 0:00 p.m. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in High School Advertisement and the virtue of audacity. By Michael Yon Many esteemed and influential people have been privately debating the question: “Is it Possible to Win the U.S. Presidency by Fraud and Deception?” We already know the answer, don’t we? I think back to another time in my life, a school election in which advertisement and audacity were crucial. I’ve written about this election, and my close friend Richard, in my first book, Danger Close: At the beginning of our sophomore year, before we...
  • Syria-Iraq: Bloody Border, Messy Politics (Michael Yon)

    10/27/2008 7:04:35 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 12 replies · 725+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/27/08 | Michael Yon
    Late Sunday, U.S. Special Forces struck positions across the Syrian-Iraq border, inside of Syria, apparently killing nine people, most of whom were non-Syrian Arab fighters on their way into Iraq. Of course there is a great cry rising from the Syrians today. For years, tons of explosives and a long line of foreign terrorists have streamed across the Syrian border into Anbar Province and Nineveh Province in Iraq. I must have spent a total of about nine months in Nineveh, about eight of which were in the capital of Mosul, and another month in Anbar. Foreign terrorists were caught or...
  • The Road to Hell (Michael Yon)

    10/13/2008 11:26:27 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 9 replies · 933+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 10/13/08 | Michael Yon
    Since leaving the British embed, I’ve gone unilateral. I flew back and forth between Kandahar and Lashkar Gah, drove around and talked with people down south, then flew up to Kabul. In Kabul, I met Tim Lynch and Shem Klimiuk (a retired USMC and ex-Aussie paratrooper, respectively), and we drove in an unarmored truck east to Jalalabad. The canyon-filled drive would be dangerous even if there was no war, but there is a war – a rapidly growing one — and Tim pointed out burnt spots on the road where ambushes had occurred. I was unarmed, and counting on the...
  • The Afghanistan paradox (Michael Yon)

    10/08/2008 7:55:12 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 656+ views
    The Daily News ^ | 10/8/08 | Michael Yon
    Can the war in Afghanistan be won? It depends on whom you ask. The senior British commander in Afghanistan recently was quoted in The Times of London, "This war cannot be won." A French diplomatic dispatch reports that the British ambassador said the best solution would be to find an "acceptable dictator" to take over the troubled country. But the British soldiers with whom I was recently embedded in Helmand Province had very high morale and felt optimistic about Afghanistan. And British and American officers whose judgment and honesty I trust share that optimism, even acknowledging the difficult challenges they...
  • Death in the Corn: Part III of III (Michael Yon)

    09/22/2008 11:12:28 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 193+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 9/22/08 | Michael Yon
    Living with British troops of 2 Para at FOB Gibraltar and watching them fight, I witnessed one of the great paradoxes of Afghanistan. The troops are fighting hard and killing the enemy. They are professional and extremely competent. Their morale is high. They are doing a great job. And we are losing the war. Their troubles with a local sniper demonstrate some of the complexities and frustrations of this war, which the British public don’t even call a “war.” The British soldiers know this is a real war, but the British at home characterize it as a “conflict.” Meanwhile, Americans...
  • Death in the Corn: Part I of III (Michael Yon)

    09/15/2008 4:57:43 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 6 replies · 281+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 9/15/08 | Michael Yon
    The soldiers are living like animals at a little rat’s nest called FOB Gibraltar. They call it “Gib.” Named after the lynchpin of British naval dominance in the Mediterranean, this cluster of mud huts in the middle of hostile territory is more like Fort Apache, Afghanistan. The British soldiers from C-Company 2 Para live in ugly conditions, fight just about every day, and morale is the best I have seen probably anywhere. The few outside visitors arrive in helicopters that are sometimes spaced days apart, so that if a visitor stays overnight, he could be stuck for a week or...
  • Death in the Corn: Part II of III (Michael Yon)

    09/17/2008 3:08:11 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 10 replies · 5,808+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 9/17/08 | Michael Yon
    The ambush was set, but “Terry” Taliban didn’t step into it. The most successful hunters are not the ones who bag something every time, but the ones who hunt all the time, and 2 Para has been hunting the most dangerous prey. The soldiers of C-co 2 Para are not sure how many they’ve killed in the past five months, but the estimates are around 200, and during the days I spent with them, their average daily kill would put them well over that number. Moving out of our ambush position, we set off from the ANA (Afghan National Army)...
  • Michael Yon - Live Conference Call on BlogTalkRadio 9/14/2008 23:00EDT

    09/14/2008 1:07:33 PM PDT · by brityank · 20 replies · 964+ views
    Michael Yon - Live Conference Call on BlogTalkRadio 9/14/2008-23:00 to 9/15/2008-01:00 EDTPat Dollard has arranged for Michael Yon to join him on BlogTalkRadio tonight. Mr. Yon is one of the more fearless journalists working wherever our Troops may land, and he reports ALL of the truth -- warts and all. You can reach Mr. Yon's site above with the link in his "Legacy" poster. Here's what Pat Dollard has listed in his BTR page: Live from Afghanistan, tonight's special guest is the greatest journalist of the Iraq war, the legendary Michael Yon. As to be expected, Michael has spent...
  • Af-Pak Reporting (Michael Yon)

    08/19/2008 3:15:46 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 11 replies · 189+ views
    Michael Yon Online ^ | 8/19/08 | Michael Yon
    By now, no credible person denies the dramatic success that continues to manifest itself in Iraq. No doubt, there will be years of political dramas ahead for that country, and when they occur, we will blame ourselves for them, as is our habit. Americans have a tendency to blame ourselves nearly everything from wildfires to genocidal wars on the other side of the globe. And what we don't blame ourselves for, others will. Some might see our ability to take initiative and shoulder responsibility as naiveté. I think it's one of America's greatest strengths. Many people around the world see...