Michael's Dispatches

Update


Otherwise, the Maoists in Nepal are actually taking a more responsible approach than most folks might have expected. I've got three porters to carry my books and camera gear. They are all Maoists, so there are many interesting conversations at night. I told them that I have been to many communist countries and find the communist philosophy bankrupt. I don't like it at all. They laugh at me because they know that America is a friend of the Nepali people. But I have been to Nepal on perhaps five or six occasions, and it's true that all that the Maoists wanted was justice, schools, roads, clinics, and so forth. Thankfully, this war has ended, yet also it was a war that never needed to happen if the people had been treated with respect.

I just went eight days with no Internet, and had to divert my course, walking four days to find an Internet connection in a small village. My inbox contained complaints about the price of an E-book edition of Moment of Truth in Iraq on Amazon.com. I did not know there was an E-Book version until readers informed me. The pricing of this "Kindle" edition is completely out of the publisher's hands and Amazon has, for some reason unknown to me, set the price very high.

While I'm in this small Nepali village today, I'll do interviews on various radio programs, such as G. Gordon Liddy, Dennis Miller, Bill Bennett, Mancow, Kirby & Co., and Vicki McKenna. If you hear one of the interviews, there might be some strange sounds in the background. The telephone I'll be using is in a kitchen, where the locals will be talking Nepali or some other language, and cooking my dinner during the interviews!

Many people are coming to realize that the war in Iraq is over. The situation is still violent, but the fast progress is undeniable. The Iraqi government is inept, yet is largely seen as legitimate. The Iraqi government has dramas, but we need look no further than to our friends in Thailand or South Korea or India to see even greater governmental dramas. I remember living in Poland when they traded communism for democracy and capitalism. Unemployment, inflation and economic woes were as bad (perhaps even worse) than in Iraq. Poland is one of America's closest allies and has been an important partner in Iraq. Poland knows that Iraq can make it, although the war has been divisive in Poland, too.

In the next month or so, I might ask the American or British military if they will take me back in Iraq after this trek in Nepal, but there are many long days ahead for me in Afghanistan, and I imagine much of that will be beyond the walls of any military base. Now is time to study the war ahead, and to prepare for the long path ahead.

Your correspondent,

Michael

 

 

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# mary g 2008-07-24 17:10
God bless you, your friends and your allies.

a soldier's mom
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# Dan M 2008-07-24 22:56
You were the first to call the potential cictory in Iraq in mid-late 07. Let's hope your good luck in changing the tide of a war carries over to Afghanistan. I can't wait to hear what is really going on there.
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# Jim Burke 2008-07-25 05:11
Holy shit couldn't you find something better than Nepal?? Chicks are ugly, the food sucks and you know about the leeches.
How do you expect people to fund your nefarious adventures when you hang in Nepal.

Find a place with nice beaches, good looking women, and good food. I can admire that.
Good luck in Afghanistan.... more ugly chicks, bad food but no leeches!!!
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# Grumpy 2008-07-25 05:39
Take care up there.
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# Zen 2008-07-25 07:58
Damn I'm jealous, I love to go trekking in the Himalayas. Looking forward to your reports from Afghanistan
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# Mick0311 2008-07-25 16:38
Thanks Michael for all you hard work and effort. As a former Marine(got out in 06'),It really means a great deal to hear our side of the story for once. Thank you for your honesty, courage, and much appreciated cander. Good luck with the leaches, at least they are not armed with AKs. I look forward to hearing from you in the A-Stan.

-Mick
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# EJ Smith 2008-07-25 17:04
Michael, keep up the great work. It is profoundly appreciated.
The book was great.
God Bless you.
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# Charlie Foxtrot 2008-07-25 19:14
Michael, When you get here to AFG, swing through Kabul, and I will buy you the beer I can't drink.

Drop me a line, and I will make some suggestions on the guys you might want to visit out on the frontier....

VR,
CF
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# Choey 2008-07-26 18:03
Nylon hose will keep the leeches off. They can't attach to your skin through the nylon.
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# Eric Buhrer 2008-07-26 18:57
Read your book, loved it, passed it on to my reading group (see website), may never see it again.
One of the guys I worked with in my telco career was confronted by his wife regarding the pantyhosen she found under the front seat of his Bell truck one winter's day. He told her all the guys use them when working outside in cold weather. From that point forward he had to keep a pair in his vehicle at all times. I'll have to tell him they're good for leeches too.
Send pictures of Yeti.
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# John Blake 2008-07-26 19:37
In Katmandu, wonder if you've met or heard of Ian Baker, or read his treatise on Tantric Buddhism's hidden lands of Pemako, "The Heart of the World"? Rappelling down 3,000-foot gorges of the Tsangpo River (headwaters of the Brahmaputra) requires a certain joie de vivre.
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# David Baker 2008-07-26 20:57
Hard copy via Amazon: $19.77

Digital version via Amazon's "Kindle": $23.46

Amazon's pricing seems a bit counter-intuiti ve, like a rogue elephant on the loose. Certainly one of the reasons I won't be getting a Kindle - until it's free, and Micheal's digital version of the book is $10. And I don't mean in two or ten years.
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# David Baker 2008-07-26 21:01
Correction:

Digital version via Amazon's "Kindle": $23.96 (not $23.46)
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# Kat-missouri 2008-07-26 21:05
I am looking forward to your reporting from Afghanistan. Thank you and good luck!
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# Jabba the Tutt 2008-07-26 21:08
I just want to join several others and thank you for your service. You're doing the job the media ought to be doing, but to 99% isn't. Thank God for the internet, so you can get your message out. And thanks for doing the talk radio shows, that's the other big way around the brick wall block house of the unMedia.

To Jim Burke: "Find a place with nice beaches, good looking women, and good food. I can admire that. Good luck in Afghanistan.... more ugly chicks, bad food but no leeches!!!"

LOL! But Yon is training for Afghanistan. You train harder than the reality, then when you get there, you're ready. See, no leeches.
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# Mikey NTH 2008-07-27 18:11
Do you have any information on how the change of government in Nepal will affect the Royal Gurkha Rifles?
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# Bill Becker 2008-07-28 09:18
Glad to read of your post about Nepal, yep the nylons do work. But you know that. Watch out for the pitch in the pool. Lost my teeth there diving in the "deep" end the summer of 1968.

Be Well
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# winston 2008-07-29 00:14
Good to hear you're safe. Plz stay safe and keep up the good work.
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# Don Hannaford 2008-07-29 17:08
An echo to everyone else's posts . . . God bless you. My son's rotating into Iraq in August and your reporting on the situation there has been what has kept my wife from going crazy with worry (Heaven help us if we had to rely on the MSM.) Just finished Moment of Truth; it's going to be my gift-of-choice to friends and family. Stay safe, wherever you happen to travel.

A Marine's dad
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# Miles 2008-07-30 00:55
I was just about to book a flight to Nepal, but then I read about the leeches, and... well, Miami here I come!
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# Brent Churches 2008-07-30 23:09
Micheal thank you so much for the job you do and getting the truth out. I have lots of friends with sons over there and I just finished "Moment Of Truth In Iraq" we need to hear the truth and your courage amazes me to no end. My son is a helicoper crew chief who will be there pretty soon. Please know that you along with the troops are in my nightly prayers. I know it's not much but it's the best I can do. If you ever get to Grand Rapids Michigan I would love to buy you a beer. May God keep you safe in the palm of his hand. Once again thank you so very much for your work and the truth that comes from you.
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# Greg H 2008-08-11 22:15
Stay safe Michael. Winter Haven misses you.

Greg
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