Hanson has to be one of my favorite historians of relatively recent vintage – his books and columns are interesting, insightful and almost always concerned with the long view of current events. He’s just returned from a trip to Iraq, where he made the following observation:
It is an odd war, because the side that I think is losing garners all the press, whether by blowing up the great golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, or blowing up an American each day. Yet we hear nothing of the other side that is ever so slowly, shrewdly undermining the enemy.
Go ye and read the whole thing.