Last year I found a blog by Matt Sherman. **Warning - this is a slow loading blog, lot's of pics.** He doesn't blog anymore, although he should. So we email back and forth once in a while. He always has something interesting to say. Tomorrow he will be on C-Span with Brian Lamb (the sexiest man on TV). Matt will be discussing Iraq, militias and his op-ed which appeared in the New York Times on March 8, 2006.
March 8, 2006
Iraq's Little Armies
By MATT SHERMAN
WHILE the violence that followed the bombing of the Golden Mosque at Samarra in Iraq last month has abated, the larger problem it exposed continues: ever since Saddam Hussein fell, armed militias have roamed the country dispensing justice and retribution to other ethnic and religious groups as they see fit. Ideally, not only can the government and its American supporters stop this vigilantism, but they can also channel it into a productive role within the legitimate security services of the fledgling state.
Read the rest here.....
Matt spent two years in Baghdad as the American policy adviser to Iraq's Interior Ministry. Recently, he was a monitor during the Ukrainian elections.
Now mind you, I'm not saying Matt's brilliant or anything........ When I was preparing to head down in DC for the Milbloggers Conference, I sent him an email. It contained my complete schedule, where I was staying and my cell. Matt misplaced my email. He missed the chance to meet me! Poor Matt! I know you all feel terrible for him and extend your sympathies. However, JHJ isn't much better and I was well entertained in D.C.!!!!