Saturday, October 07, 2006

I just read the latest TIME cover story, entitled The Secret Letter From Iraq, by the way of cnn.com. It offers, "straightforward account of life in Iraq by a Marine officer was initially sent just to a small group of family and friends. His honest but wry narration and unusually frank dissection of the mission contrasts sharply with the story presented by both sides of the Iraq war debate, the Pentagon spin masters and fierce critics. Perhaps inevitably, the "Letter from Iraq" moved quickly beyond the small group of acquaintances and hit the inboxes of retired generals, officers in the Pentagon, and staffers on Capitol Hill. Time’s Sally B. Donnelly first received a copy three weeks ago but only this week was able to track down the author and verify the document's authenticity. The author wishes to remain anonymous but has allowed us to publish it here — with a few judicious omissions." [TIME]

I encourage everyone to read it, no matter what your opinions are of the current war. It really offers a non-politically charged true glimpse into the military action in Iraq that the media in this country completely fail at supplying us.


In other news, fall weather has finally made its debut here in the bean. Chilly noses, turbo winds, and changing of the leaves in the Fens have emerged from hiding. I hope to make my way home in the next couple of weeks to visit the folks and see the true New England autumn that I do adore. Here's to pumpkin pie! Apple cider! and yes, hesitantly, sweater weather.

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