The White Man’s Burden Chronicles

Michael Totten reviews Michael Yon’s new book, Moment of Truth in Iraq. I think this paragraph is my favorite:

“The American soldier is the most dangerous man in the world,” Yon writes, “and the Iraqis had to learn that before they would trust or respect us. But it was when they understood that these great-hearted warriors, who so enjoyed killing the enemy, are even happier helping to build a school or to make a neighborhood safe that we really got their attention.” Images of the despicable abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib have become iconic for many around the world. But anyone who has spent significant time with American troops in Iraq, as I have, will recognize the truth in Yon’s descriptions of U.S. soldiers as usually decent and caring. “There are lots of kitchen accidents in Iraq,” he points out. “Kids get burned. American soldiers can’t take it when they see a kid get burned. If they are in the neighborhood on a mission and they see a burned kid, they will cancel the mission to get the kid to an American aid station, which, technically they shouldn’t be doing.”

I know I am meant to find all of that touching, but I don’t. I think it’s one of the most condescending pieces of tripe I’ve ever read.

Totten starts out his review by informing us that “Iraq is where ideologies go to die.” Alex at Martini Revolution notices that he forgot one.

There are some worshipful commentaries by far right bloggers, too. If you really want to read them, you can find them at Memeorandum.

4 Responses to “The White Man’s Burden Chronicles”

  1. matttbastard says:

    Shorter Michael Yon:


    There–I just saved everyone $27.99.

  2. Kathy says:

    I wasn’t going to buy it anyway. 😐

  3. matttbastard says:

    Phew–I’d feel awful If I had ruined the ending for you, Kathy.


  4. “America… FUCK YEAH!”

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