"Seems to me there was quite a bit of coverage of the original story, but for some reason I almost missed this bit of news. Don't know why that is, but it is... "
"State has a BLOG. It's actually on a .gov site, even."
"(N)ow that we've pretty much won this damn thing militarily one aspect of one of the many erroneous claims the war's detractors have made repeatedly over the past year is becoming valid* - in many ways the Army has done all it can to lay the groundwork, to create an environment where others can thrive. What's needed now is less combat skill and more rebuilding.
This is not to say that Iraq is a safe place - just that it is fast becoming one. But make no mistake about it, if the troops were brought home tomorrow all hell would break lose, in a manner as yet unseen even in this part of the world. The next crucial step in creating the world where many of those troops can come home is exactly this - a steady inflow of folks with skillsets other than combat arms who can help create an environment where fewer guns are needed. We are at the entry point of an upward spiral; increased security sets the stage for improved quality of life for Iraqis which means less need for security forces to maintain that quality of life; without despair people have less incentive to sow chaos."
& (most importantly, bold added by CAA for emphasis)
"(W)hen I first heard the stories (recounted by many of my fellow milbloggers, in fact) of FSOs wetting their pants at the thought of serving in Iraq I was deeply concerned - but one thing I reminded myself at the time is the ability of journalists to find exactly the one quote from some maladjusted member that isn't representative of the majority of the group to which he can only pretend to belong and trumpet said quote as exactly that which it isn't. After all, they do it to the military all the time."