I have a lot of respect for Michael as a writer and as an individual. I met him in Baghdad earlier this year, just after his first stint with us in Basra and his articles on Op Arrezzo etc had appeared. He had the utmost respect for the guys that he had served with (and also liked the Brit sense of humour).
Statistically there was more chance of him dying out there than me, especially as he is one of the few journos to go outside the wire regularly and into the hotspots, rather than interview people after the events - good luck to him.
I look forward to reading the rest of his Men of Valor (Valour) posts if this is the first of 8.
This journalist is top notch and never fails to draw you into his world. He clearly has the respect of the troops he is embedded with and what I really admire is how he brings a relatively minor incident to light to illistrate the way a group of soldiers bond together - the squaddie downing 1.5 litres of milk shake is a classic example!
His comments regarding the Iraqis wishing to stay Iraqi and not break up into their respective tribes was a little surprising - contrary to everything I have heard previously.
Keep up the good work Michael.
Anyone know when his book is published?