FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO — So Ray Odierno’s in charge of the U.S. military Iraq now. Most people I’ve met who follow this stuff range from skeptical to crestfallen about this, since Odierno’s commitment/understanding of counterinsurgency is, to be neutral about it, still unclear; and it’s further unclear what his actual strategy will be. The exception, I guess, is the Kagan family, which slobs on the general. The amount of projection going on there is pretty gross.

I’ve just been tipped off to a newish (new to me, at least!) milblog called Where Is Sam Damon? — check this out to explain the blog’s name — written primarily by retired Army officers who served in Iraq. It presents one of the fairest distillations of Odierno-skepticism I’ve seen, from the perspective of someone who clearly wants him to succeed.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman