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Heh. Nice work.

Posted by: JP | Aug 6, 2004 9:15:13 AM

Yep, I was semi-surprised to see your name pop up on the op-ed page -- is this the first time PK has mentioned a blogger by name or did he reference Kevin Drum a while back too?

Posted by: Jeremy Osner | Aug 6, 2004 9:18:11 AM

he mentioned me once!

Posted by: Atrios | Aug 6, 2004 9:20:01 AM

Congrats!!!

Posted by: ALec | Aug 6, 2004 9:21:34 AM

He's mentioned Josh Marshall too, as well as Atrios. Still, that's pretty select company.

Posted by: JP | Aug 6, 2004 9:31:55 AM

now that you're famous, read this account from a Stryker brigade member in Mosul:

http://cbftw.blogspot.com/

teaser graf:

"What angered me the most the other day was how inaccurate and very little press coverage the attack recieved. They all got it completely wrong. CNN, Al Jazzera, BBC, all of them. Cnn only reported 12 dead??? I told my friend from another Plt that and he said, "Shit! We killed 12 people in the first three minutes." I still wonder why, what happened the other day, over 100 crazed out Al Qaeda jihadist wearing all black and high off the Koran, attacking US Forces with everything they had received very little to no press in all the major news outlets???? It seems to me something like that should be major news. And you also have to wonder how many times something like this happens here in Iraq, where all hell will break loose, and there will be very little to no talk of it whatsoever. They only devoted two fucking paragraphs to that story that happened the other day, I had to fuckin search all over Cnn's site site to find that little bit about what happened, and it totally made it sound like nothing major happened here??? That is complete bullshit. Makes you kinda wonder."

Posted by: praktike | Aug 6, 2004 9:37:47 AM

There is a reason why the great Krugman mentioned you. Because greatness can only know greatness.

Posted by: Gary | Aug 6, 2004 9:38:46 AM

Kudos!

Posted by: Laura | Aug 6, 2004 9:39:54 AM

but remember - you're only a man...

Posted by: greek chorus | Aug 6, 2004 9:41:38 AM

Fight for Winnebago!

Congratulations. The march of the Winnebagans continues!

Posted by: Marshall | Aug 6, 2004 9:42:17 AM

I heard his next column mentions Ben Shapiro, so don't get too high and mighty.

Posted by: theCoach | Aug 6, 2004 9:45:29 AM

Well ok Atrios but he didn't mention you *by name* (g) as you were nameless at the time ... okay I'm clueless never mind my above post.

Posted by: Jeremy Osner | Aug 6, 2004 9:59:24 AM

It might be his best column ever, Matt, but that's like being the world's tallest midget - it doesn't set the bar very high.

As flattering as it may be to get blown a Krug-smack from the Times Op-Ed, the "Afghanistan-ization" idea that Iraq is disappearing from mainstream news media is borderline delusional. The L.A. Times, for one, certainly missed that memo. Hell, they've even run a front-pager on AFGHANISTAN in the past week!

As for the rest of that baloney sandwich:

The reduction in Coalition street patrolling is not "ceding" anything to insurgents. The Iraqi Army is patrolling more as their numbers increase and their equipment inventory ramps up.

"Large areas" coming unstuck? Name one. I keep seeing the same old place names. Sometimes the news from one of them is even good, like the hostage rescue a couple of days ago by locals IN FALLUJAH no less!

Electricity? There's more now than before the war, but Baghdad isn't getting favored supply anymore. Plus, the Iraqi economy is growing at ca. 60% annually. The electric appliance business has been especially robust since liberation. There's more demand for electricity now because almost every Iraqi home now has a bunch of electrical gadgets, including air conditioners. New base load capacity is not built in a day.

As for governmental legitimacy, the polls show most Iraqis find the Interim Government legit. National elections are less than six months away.

Posted by: Dick Eagleson | Aug 6, 2004 10:03:19 AM

Congratulations, Matt! Now if only we can get you to see the light on the criticality of environmental protection before all that fame goes to your head and you become a Pundit (having only recently "graduated" from blogger to journalist).

Posted by: Bragan | Aug 6, 2004 10:03:36 AM

Any comments on the +32K number today?

I was expecting the jobs number to dip, but this is ridiculous. This is a little late in the game. When are feollow GOPers going to realize that Bush is doing incredible harm to their credibility? The GOP has no obligation to support him, as he has been horribly incompetent with regard to core Republican beliefs. Please, get some credibility back in the small government party so that when the demographics shift you at least have a legitimate voice in the direction of the country -- throw Bush to the wolves.
If I were a GOPer, I would be absolutely outraged that the President during a time of war, started by a horrible attack on our own soil, has managed to squandor that natural advantage and is now struggling mightily to get re-elected. Re-election could have been so simple, so unbelieveably simple...

Posted by: theCoach | Aug 6, 2004 10:09:27 AM

Actually, Dick, you're wrong about the electricity.

Prewar: 4,400 MW
Today: 4,293 MW

Source

Posted by: praktike | Aug 6, 2004 10:19:45 AM

Krugman mentioned dailyhowler, Media Matters,
CJR Campaigndesk in his last column.
He is reading lot of blogs.

Posted by: ecoast | Aug 6, 2004 10:27:39 AM

way to go -- noplace to hide now!

But seriously, congrats. Just yesterday, I was thinking that you, Atrios and Josh are the three most vital organs of a very important journalistic organism. There are plenty of good writers out there, but the three of you tend to know what most needs to be said, and when to say it. Glad Krugman reads you.

Posted by: a friend | Aug 6, 2004 10:32:05 AM

So now that you were mentioned in the New York Times, I'm not even really sure you exist.

Kidding! I kid the Times.

Congratulations.

Posted by: SoCalJustice | Aug 6, 2004 10:34:06 AM

The post major combat period in Iraq is an experiment in 21st Century Superpower warfare. The military objective going into Iraq was to remove the Baathist regime. We had more than enough conventional firepower to obliterate the civil infrasturucture, or to level Tikrit, Najaf and Fallujah at will. We did not because the experiment required that we defeat the government of Iraq without even whispering an impression that we were conquering the population.

Was the bar set too high? Perhaps so, but that does not diminish the stakes involved in a succesful outcome. Neither does the rate of progress, or lack of it if you will, lead to the only conclusion that a rapid exit is the best outcome.

The facts on the ground do not match Krugman's thinly disguised defeatism. The Iraqis are indeed progressing in building a political structure that provides representation to competing social, religious and ethnic groups in the country. I understand that there was active participation across the country in selecting members of the Council of 1,000. Hopefully that Council will meet in mid-August and take the next step in establishing a legitimate Iraqi political structure.

There are a number of Iraqi blogs that speak of real, obervable progress in improving utilities, roads and communications systems that were in disrepair long before 2002. There is plenty of good news to report in Iraq if you want to.

Maybe we'll have to wait 10 years or a generation or more to find out if the experiment worked. But with a nuclear armed Iran lurking ahead we do not have the luxury of waiting for the results. Won't the next choice, if it comes to that, be the soft model of regime change, or WWII style annihilation?


Posted by: Warthog | Aug 6, 2004 10:39:59 AM

The post major combat period in Iraq is an experiment in 21st Century Superpower warfare.

In which the part of Dr Frankenstein is played by Donald Rumsfeld.

Posted by: ahem | Aug 6, 2004 10:50:01 AM

Well...I can write my name in the snow when I pee.
Still, not as cool as getting props in the Times.
--scott

Posted by: j.scott barnard | Aug 6, 2004 11:23:31 AM

And now, on to Tehran!

Posted by: Warthog | Aug 6, 2004 11:28:30 AM

"'Large areas' coming unstuck? Name one.

Last night on the Lehrer show John Burns said half a dozen cities have "come unstuck." Control over Falluja was conceded to the bad guys months ago.
Isn't it apparent that control over the Sunni regions of the country is tenuous at best?

Posted by: Sticker | Aug 6, 2004 11:35:25 AM

heh. Atrios muses: "I wonder if this'll get Big Media Matt some action this weekend?"

Posted by: praktike | Aug 6, 2004 11:38:12 AM

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