Phil Mella at Clear Commentary draws our attention to a story in the Colorado Springs Gazette about Gov. Bill Ritter’s encounter with a group of Iraqi teenagers. As usual, Phil has a lucid grasp of events and provides keen insights that put Ritter’s “veneer-thin understanding of events on the ground in Iraq” into a broader and deeper context. His conclusion is worth quoting:
Politics has a way of infecting collective thought in ways that create a kind of lemming-like group think which effectively relieves us of the charge of thinking for ourselves. Let’s hope that as real progress continues in Iraq our arm chair strategists such as Ritter begin digging a bit deeper into the situation so that they can rise above the din of the mainstream media’s jaundiced view of the war.
Since I’m fairly certain someone on the Governor’s staff checks in at this blog from time to time, might I kindly recommend taking a look at the work of Michael Yon or Bill Roggio (one could even start by reading John Burns’ dispatches for the New York Times)? Or just head for the Victory Caucus site. It could be enlightening.