Chrenkoff reports: Good news from Iraq

That Arthur Chrenkoff continues to post what has amounted to the defacto balancing report about the situation in Iraq isn’t surprising. What is surprising is that he can still come up with such huge volumes of information that speaks to the greater truth behind what’s going on over there that our news media simply continues to ignore. From the very first paragraph of this, his 34th post in the series:

:::::::: Maj. Joe Leahy, is a civil engineer with the 20th Engineer Brigade of the Army National Guard. He has been stationed at Camp Victory, outside of Baghdad, since November 2004 – enough time to get frustrated:

“We all know it’s a dangerous place. But the thing that I want people to understand is that they only see those one or two instances in the country that are negative. You don’t really hear about the 100 things that have gone good,”

says Maj Leahy. “One thing we’ve got to understand is that it’s not going to happen tomorrow, but we are doing something that’s getting better everyday.”

Maj Leahy’s good-bad ratio might be debatable, but enough servicemen and women, as well as their families and friends back home, not to mention general public, were getting frustrated lately with the media coverage of Iraq to cause some limited, though still welcome, soul-searching among major media outlets. Whether the coverage will improve as a result remains to be seen, so in the meantime, here are the last two weeks’ worth of stories, at least some of them you might have missed.


As Jack Kelly from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has said, these posts are huge and that’s the largest of the crying shames that can be mentioned about it. That what is being ignored over there can create such a large listing. In any case, if you’re interested in knowing the whole story, go give him a read.

Updated: Off the wire? Captain’s Quarters, Irish Pennants, Power Line, and Instapundit

How fascinating: when trying to get to Power Line, Captain’s Quarters, Instapundit and Irish Pennants this morning, I can’t get their URL’s to resolve at all. Those are some fairly heavy hitters in the blogosphere. Wonder what’s up?

Update: Being a professional network engineer, I can’t help but attempt to troubleshoot an issue like this when it presents itself. Here’s the symptoms:

  1. DNS is resolving for other web sites and they are browsable. Conclusion: DNS service here is not off-line.
  2. DNS for the sites listed will resolve addresses intermittently. The IP address seems to change. Conclusion: the DNS record for the site(s) is in flux.
  3. Browsing to the IP address given will sometimes yield a page that simply says “test” but other times will result in page from “” saying no web page is configured at the address.
  4. The whois listings for the sites in question all show the DNS is handled by the same company:

Pretty clearly, the company handling the DNS for these sites lost the records somehow and that loss is being propagated throughout the Net. Someone’s aware of the issue, hence the changing DNS records and “test” page displays. There may be other issues at the site actually housing the web pages but I can’t conclude that directly from the evidence I’m able to grab. In any case, I’m sending e-mails to the admin contacts of the 4 sites in question. If I get a reply, I’ll post it.