Michael's Dispatches

Return to Action

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Some updates:

I have left the United States and am heading back to the war.

Heavy promotion of Moment of Truth in Iraq is over. I conducted approximately 100 radio, television, magazine and newspaper interviews, therefore was unable to do much more than track the war from afar. There are more radio interviews scheduled, but I’ll be talking from downrange. Moment of Truth in Iraq hit #6 on the Amazon bestseller list, and #2 on Barnes and Noble, which greatly surprised me.

Michael Moore has stopped the copyright infringement on my work, but his attorney has not responded to my attorney’s requests to negotiate a settlement. Out of courtesy, we’ll give Mr. Moore a little more time. But if he refuses to afford us the professional consideration of returning communications, we’ll have to file a lawsuit and meet them in court.

An email came this morning from 1st Lieutenant Brad Krauss. Brad and his platoon fought hard in many different places in Iraq, and I got to know these veterans during Operation Arrowhead Ripper. They named their Stryker “The General Lee,” after it had saved their lives so many times and kept on rolling. The thing was like Robocop. It would get blasted hard, tires blown off, slat armor dragging the ground, but the mechanics kept fixing the General Lee and it would return to combat usually within 24-48 hours. Finally, it was practically blown to smithereens when a giant bomb detonated directly beneath it. Brad said the General Lee is now returning to a line unit, and he sent this link: "One year later, General Lee rides again" . I’ve seen Strykers take terrific abuse and return to combat within a day or two, but I just couldn’t believe how much beating the General Lee took. If I had a magic wand, I’d send the Army another thousand of those things. And a thousand to the Brits, too.

You’ve got to see the footage inside my Superman dispatch when the General Lee got blasted into the air and crashed onto its side. Please click the Superman link to see the enemy video. Surely you would think the entire crew of American soldiers had been killed, but they all returned to combat nearly immediately. If you look very closely at the video, you can see Brad flying out of the front left hatch like Superman. He didn’t fly far and the General Lee nearly crushed him, but Brad soon returned to combat. Brad said the dispatch I wrote gained major points with his girlfriend, and I was happy to have assisted him on that important front. Now that his tour has ended, he has decided to stay in the Army.

I’m getting back into action myself. Moment of Truth in Iraq hardly made me a rich man, so reader support remains critical to continuing the mission. My next reports from the war will be unembedded; in other words, I will not be with U.S. or Coalition forces, but I will be in some very dangerous places. Therefore, I cannot disclose my locations until after I have departed.

Final update: no Senators have taken me up on the offer to act as a tour guide in Iraq, but the offer stands.

 

 

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    Jay Blanchard · 11 years ago
    Well good news the book did well so far. I read most of it on the flight back to the states but never got to finish it yet. My girl friend kept it and is reading it so she can have a better understanding of what is going on over here. I hope to see you back here in Mosul if you get this way look me up i will still be here i hope. There is talk of moving me but so far just talk. Keep up the good work and keep in touch as best you can.
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    Mary*Ann · 11 years ago
    ...for all you do Michael. Stay safe. We look forward to more of your writing.
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    Cass · 11 years ago
    Be safe Mike and bring back some honest news, we're in sore need of some. Thank you for being you!
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    Darren Stewart · 11 years ago
    Thank you Michael for thinking of the brits. You are right, 1,000 Strykers would be damn useful.

    The Brits right now are in a hole. The brilliant men on the ground are being burned by Politicians not fit to lick their boots. A lack of funding is bad, poor procurement worse, and lastly, a dire lack of political courage and direction.

    British troops fight in two theatre's of open warfare and across the board are still doing so on 'peace' time budgets. No matter how badly you treat the 'Tommies' you can trust them to dig in and fight. If only the same could be said for those who cast them into fire and death.

    These men and women at the absolute least deserve complete support, equipment and funding. And they do not get that. If you ever get the chance to speak and cover this subject, I hope you take it, because here in the UK, they are not getting the help and support they richly deserve.

    Sadly the price we will pay in future will be severe. The lack of funding bites hard now, and many of our best are leaving or will leave after this continual mal-treatment. Its a disgrace.
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    James Ferrell · 11 years ago
    Thanks and be careful. We all know how important the truth is going to be in the next 5 months.
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    Servius · 11 years ago
    When this is over the General Lee needs to be in a museum like Memphis Belle is to serve as a center point for the story of these Stryker teams.
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    Dan Ramsey · 11 years ago
    Your thoroughly professional, unbiased reporting from Iraq, as well the efforts of other true journalists like Bill Roggio, have been invaluable in helping to get the TRUE story out about what has really been going on there. Those of us who have regularly followed your dispatches knew that the surge was working a full two months before the mainstream media finally caught on to that fact.

    Were it not for people like you ... if the American public had to rely solely on the stilted reports from the "reporters" who are, in reality, anti-war activists that populate the Associated Press and NY Times and who file their "reports" that have been phoned into them by Iraqi stringers from the safety of the Green Zone ... I truly believe that American public opinion would have become SO overwhelmingly negative that we would have lost this war. In the darkest of hours, yours was one of the few voices offering a ray of hope. Your country owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude.
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    jstanley01 · 11 years ago
    "Final update: no Senators have taken me up on the offer to act as a tour guide in Iraq, but the offer stands."

    Ha! The woosies. How about readers? I'll go!
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    LindaB · 11 years ago
    Michael , Look forward to more news...you are the very best! God Bless and Be safe.
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    Lorenz Gude · 11 years ago
    I've bought two copies and gave one to my son who had been pretty down on the war - he lapped it up. The second will go to a young Aussie soldier here in OZ. According to an ABC poll "83 percent of Democrats [are] saying things are going badly [in Iraq] versus 29 percent of Republicans, a majority of independents agree with the Democrats." ABC even tells us why, quoting from The Project for Excellence in Journalism: "Comparing the first 10 weeks of 2007 and 2008, the amount of time devoted to Iraq on network news programs fell from 23 percent to percent.." It is pretty amazing when a handful of self selected, self funded individuals can scoop an entire industry, but this lack of coverage and the success of your book tell me that that the MSM have surrendered even more of the market to you. Thank you.
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    Jeremy Jester · 11 years ago
    And pass on our heartfelt thanks to those servicemen you meet in the field.
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    Nathan Parrott · 11 years ago
    Mr Yon, I think your reporting is of greater value than any of us can imagine.

    I have purchased seven copies of your book and kept one for myself - autographed of course. Anyway, I gave away six copies, all of which have restored the resolve of their readers. Furthermore, many that I gave away have been read by multiple people. as they were loaned out. It is great and you should be immensely proud knowing you are making such a difference in the media campaign.

    Sincerely,
    Nathan Parrott
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    Karen Lundberg · 11 years ago
    GOD bless you and your work. And thank you.
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    Ted Sarandis · 11 years ago
    Hi Mike-I had the pleasure of conducting a radio interview with you a couple of years ago and have been a regular reader of your blog. I orderd Moment of Truth after getting an e-mail in March-received a couple of weeks laterand could not put it down! I have numerous books on the subject and your book is clearly the most compelling and effective treatise on Iraq that I havecome across. I hope part 2 is in the offing--or at least a paprback with some new material. I think you have come to know that there are a lot of folks who want accurate information onthis fight and can not count on the NY Times or NBC News to present the truth about Iraq. Keepup the great work!! Also had the chance to meet CSM Mellinger at an event a couple of months back-an impressive man who speaks very highly of you. Let all you meet in uniform over there know that there are miillions of people here at home llike me who support the Troops AND support the mission. God Bless and stay safe!
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    Dawnsblood · 11 years ago
    Good luck and God Bless Michael.
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    MezzoSF · 11 years ago
    Dear Michael:

    Just finished your book. And...wow...it left me speechless. Thank you for this. I wish I had some more eloquent way to express myself, but at the moment, I cannot.

    Safe travels -
    MezzoSF
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    Jason · 11 years ago
    I've never been grateful for journalists until reading your book, and I'm only halfway through it! I don't know what criteria is considered in awarding the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, but you'd have my vote. It must be hard to carry that camera around with you and no rifle being the warrior that you clearly are; I would say "be safe" on your new travels but I know that safety isn't in the cards. So, everyone here will pray for you and all those with you who stand in harm's way so the innocent can be made safer.

    Have another prayer card for your pocket: "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him." (James 1:12).
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    Army mom · 11 years ago
    I am an Army Mom, my son has been in Baghdad since Oct 08 (1st tour), my nephew (3rd tour) since Oct 08, and daughter-in-law (1st tour) are all in Baghdad, a future son-in-law (Marines) deploying in Sept 08 (possibily to Afgan) and my youngest son in the National Guard and very deployable but in school for now.

    When snidely asked, I answer "Yes,of course I want them home--but they chose to serve and to win and most of all I want that for them and for US."

    I bought your book and haven't the heart to read all of it, my faith wanes and have a hard time sleeping.

    Advise.....You absolutely must date ALL of your blogs and material, or human nature leads people to think the lesser or worse......the book, the funding, the recognition over the mission. I, sir, do not feel that way, but do Not give the idiotcrats an opening.

    God bless you
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    Jason Pittman · 11 years ago
    Reading your book now, and it's amazing. Thanks for all you do.

    Stay safe downrange.
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    mattl · 11 years ago
    You are probably familiar with the virtual Iraq the US government built in the US...., I saw a documentary trailer about an Iraq training simulation facility right in California. I couldn't believe what I saw. I've seen plenty of films about Iraq taken in Iraq, but this is something about right at our home in the US!! It's called Full Battle Rattle:
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    Linda aka Texas Gal · 11 years ago
    I just received confirmation of my mission via the USPS First Class Mail. The letter starts with... Dear Linda: Thank you for the signed copy of the book, Moment of Truth in Iraq. (I'll redact the personal message) And is signed .. Sincerely, George W. Bush

    ;-)

    Thank you for the book and all you do Michael! You be safe, and as soon as I get my stimulus I'll send a little stimulus your way!
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    SFC Cheryl McElroy U · 11 years ago
    Keep your head down and your ammo dry. Keep up the good work, Michael.
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    Bryan C · 11 years ago
    Michael,

    Trying to get in contact with you and lost your email address in switching email servors. Know your busy, but have a couple questions for you if you dont mind. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

    Bryan
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    Kevin Korenthal · 11 years ago
    Isn't this the man who is in Michael's photo of the soldier holding the child?
    http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-lisold0706,0,814136,print.story
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    david Smith Jones · 11 years ago
    It would be great if Moment of Truth was made available for the Amazon Kindle. Is this in the plan?

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