Michael Yon's recent post on his
Facebook page regarding
end to his embed is causing a stir in the milblog community: McChrystal's
crew has declared an information war on me. No complaints here. McChrystal's attention
is welcome. It indicates that my posts have hit steel further underlines that McChrystal
is over his head...
Yon Wake Up Call, Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive writes: There comes a time
when you have to look in the mirror and accept responsibility. It is not a collection
of incompetent public affairs officers or some conspiracy to silence truth telling,
it is his own fault. He has broken the rules time and time again and then when that
bit him in the ass, he bit back.
Herschel at the Captain's Journal is inserting into the fray on the other side,
In Defense of Michael Yon: An Open Letter to Milbloggers. He notes the
strength of Michael's past work (some of which we have been privileged to feature
here), and states:
Michael will continue in my estimation to be the
Pyle [link added] of our generation and this incident will pass.
It's also my estimation that these open letters to Michael are a lot of sound and
fury signifying nothing. We Milbloggers have better ways to spend our time
than cannibalize our own.
We have no privileged source in this instance and will not weigh in here.
Thanks to the authors for their balance in providing the good and the bad as they
see it and voice their opinions. Both are worth the read, as are the many
links they provide to more commentary on this item. This, too, shall pass.
Jules Crittenden at Forward Movement has more in his post Yon Flap. What makes this different is that it is not just another dumb blogosphere flap, but apparently involves some serious issues potentially compromising a vital asset for anyone trying to understand these wars of ours.