Before now poetry has taken notice
Of wars, and what are wars but politics
Transformed from chronic to acute and bloody?
from "Build Soil"
Robert Frost

Saturday, January 27, 2007


If you've been following this blog long, you may remember Quid Pro Quo. That was the post in which I told of a brave sheik, and one of the sucess stories of our interaction here in the Anbar province. I would like to refer you to the LA Times, where you will find more detail than I provided, and an account of events since. You're required to register for the site, but it is free to do so and definitely worth the time.


  1. Anonymous27/1/07 16:43


    Use bugmenot ( to bypass sites that want you to register.

    If you use Firefox, there is an extension that does the work for you without having to manually go to the each time and get a login and password.

    It works well enough that I don't even know anymore which sites require one to register and which don't.

  2. Excellent article: thanks for the referral. I've posted it at

    Maybe the worm is turning!

  3. Hey TD. The piece is a good read, but signing up for the LAT is def. not worth the time :)

  4. Anonymous28/1/07 13:26

    And Kerry said our troops in Iraq were uneducated. Based on your blog, I think you could run literacy and litarary rings around his ass. I know it raised my IQ a few points or ten, and I'm a submarine sailor. I am thoroughly impressed, young man. Keep up the good work over there, and come home safe. My prayers are with you.

  5. What sonarman said................

    The old sarge

  6. Excellent article. I'm amazed that it's in the LA Times of all places.

    My favourite part; "Fatikhan, who wears tailored suits when not in traditional clothing, understands U.S. politics. He told a visiting journalist, "Please take a message to the Democrats: Let the American forces stay until we can hold Iraq together. Then we will have a party when American forces go."

    Keep up the great work.

  7. Congratulations on your promotion to Specialist!

    Way to go, SPC Teflon!

  9. Badger 6 let us in on your promotion to Specialist. Congratulations TD.

  10. Congrats on the promotion

  11. Badger 6 said to stop by, congratulations are in order. Way to go SPC Teflon!

  12. Case of Marlboros for the sheihk and congratulations for the don.

  13. Anonymous2/2/07 17:12

    Congrats on the promotion, TD.
    A little more juice in the pocketbook as well although it's not enough for what you guys do.
    Take care

  14. Anonymous2/2/07 20:36

    Congratulations! I am soooo proud of you!

  15. Anonymous3/2/07 11:54

    Congratulations! Way to go! I'm thinking being a specialist in what you do is probably a good thing :)