Monday, January 01, 2007

Who Knew? Now You Do

[posted by Callimachus]

A straight-shooter with both the keyboard and the lens Michael Yon is prepared to re-embed in Baghdad. Look for more essential reporting from him. Here's what he posted on the doorstep of Iraq:

This war is strange. I never hear soldiers worried about their own morale sagging. Contrary, the war-fighters here are more concerned to bolster the morale of the people at home. Here in Kuwait, where the dining facilities are bedecked in Christmas decorations, soldiers stream in from Iraq on convoys and stream back north along those bomb-laden roads. The service members here are not all rear-echelon people who never see fighting or blood. Yet their overall morale obviously is high. Few of them know I am a writer, and so they speak freely at the tables around me. In Qatar, from which I’d just departed, I spoke with troops taking four-day R&R passes, some having just returned from the most dangerous parts of Iraq, and others heading straight back, and their overall morale was also very high. The morale at war is higher than I have ever seen it at home; makes me wonder what they know that most Americans seem to be missing.

File it under "Things you won't know if you just read the papers and watch the TV."