This a great report from Michael Yon, a blogger, in northern Iraq. Great, unfiltered information. Obviously, life in Northern Iraq is better than anywhere else (because of the semi-autonomy that existed even under Saddam.) But, I had no idea things were going so well:

I walked with some soldiers to a department store where we passed by the kiddie rides outside. The storefront may well have been in Colorado Springs, or Munich. There were big push-carts for the adults, and little carts for the children.

I liked this line as well: “Checkpoint after checkpoint, the Kurdish police and soldiers searched cars and papers while smiling and waving the Americans through.” It’s nice to know we’re not hated everywhere.