May 14, 2009


If there is a reason to really lament the demise of U.S. newspaper reporting, it is on days like this when we have C.J. Chivers reporting from Afghanistan for the New York Times and Anthony Shadid reporting from Iraq for the Washington Post.

From the Korengal Valley, Chivers asks the big questions about our efforts in Afghanistan, while from the Sunni heartland of Iraq, Shadid contemplates the shifting sands of the post-Awakening landscape.

Is there some way we can establish a kind of Scott Trust for the best U.S. foreign correspondents that would allow them to continue their reportage long after the death of newspapers?