February 11th, 2007

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Sunday with Michael Yon

Greetings:

I was present today in Baghdad for the Transfer of Authority. Godspeed to the Coalition and to the people of Iraq. General David Petraeus is now running the war in Iraq. Anyone who knows much about the General might agree that David Petraeus seems to have been born and raised to win this particular war.

Frankly, the odds seem nearly impossible. Iraq is broiling and it's getting worse. Yet, there are glimmers of hope, and I see those glimmers with my own eyes here in Iraq. But make no mistake: America has asked David Petraeus to walk into a burning barn and perform brain surgery on a dying patient. If it can be done, David Petraeus is our man.

Meanwhile, I'll continue to run combat missions with our troops, and to talk with as many Iraqis as possible, and keep the news flowing back. Due to the great number of missions I am running, there may be fewer dispatches in the coming days, but I am planing to do more radio interviews and you can link to these from the home page of my website.

A new dispatch, Roughnecks, is available now. It contains some combat video shot from above. The previous dispatch, Hands of God, has an audio clip that was heavily downloaded for many days, making it slow to access for some visitors. For those who haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, there is a link built into the dispatch name above.

No one can predict the outcome of events here, especially those who have never set foot on Iraqi soil. But, given how vital the outcome is to our national interest, it is imperative that someone be reporting from the ground. Because this site operates soley on reader donations and photograph sales,
I appreciate the support that insures at least this one man's independent perspective.

V/R,

Michael

Michael Yon
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http://www.michaelyon-online.com/
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Freddie Prinze & Anna Nicole Smith

The news bulletin about Anna Nicole Smith's demise exploded in Fort Lauderdale.
The Playboy model died the next town over.

Her life was that of a modern gothic novel. Perhaps we will live with this story for the rest of our lives, much like Marlyn Monroe. Perhaps not.

Remember Freddie Prinze?
The blooming comic shot himself thirty years ago on January 28, 1977.
He died the next day.

Anna Nicole Smith brought a child into this world who will never know her mother, except through the mass media. So did Freddie Prinze, whose son Freddie Jr. has done quite well for himself as an actor, most notable in the "Scooby Doo" live action movies. Freddie Jr. is married to Sara Michelle Geller.

Hopefully somebody can nurture the baby of Anna Nicole Smith with the same emotional success of Freddie Prinze Jr.