I’ve never been a particular fan of Mr. Yon. I’ll gladly concede that he did a great deal of good work in the early days of the Iraq war, and took one of the most poignant pictures to come from that war. But having read his writing for a while, I found it to be almost Presidential- that is, far to many uses of “I” and “me” instead of focusing on the purported subjects of his reportage. Still, for a while there, it was the only game in town.
Sadly, his recent work hasn’t been nearly as interesting. But what is far worse is that he has ceased to report on the War on Terror, and instead decided that HE is the story most interesting to him. He’s engaged in blogfights with some of the most heavily trafficked MilBlogs around. And he has not always done so gracefully.
There’s a fairly long running spat between Yon and Uncle Jimbo at BlackFive. Fair enough. Uncle Jimbo seems to rub a lot of people the wrong way. It just happens sometimes, and blogspats can get very nasty, very quick.
But Yon has also seen fit to attack CJ Grisham and deem him a danger to himself and others. In the wake of the horrific murders (allegedly) committed by MAJ Hassan, that’s a pretty damning charge to make. What is Yon’s evidence for this charge? Well, he lays that upon CJ’s own writings. CJ has written the most courageous series of posts on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the popular blogosphere, detailing the struggles he has faced. Instead of lauding Grisham for his bravery, and for using his experience to counsel other soldiers facing the same challenges, Yon instead implies that Grisham is unstable, and should be treated like a freak.
Well, let’s talk about unstable for a minute. Grisham has an excellent record in the Army, with years of stellar fitness reports to substantiate it. He’s obviously a good soldier, having been promoted quickly to the upper ranks of the NCO corps. And he’s never killed anyone in a bar fight, unlike some people.
War on Terror News has an excellent post showing Yon’s twitter feed and the scurrilous things Yon has said about Grisham. Further, for a guy who has not once seen action while serving as a member of the US Armed Forces, he’s awfully quick to shout down anyone who doesn’t agree with him- even if they veterans. Who made Yon the only person fit to comment on the war? Maybe it is fundraising time…
I know many of you have seen Instapundit link to Michael several times, and his suggestion that you support his work. I would just say, please take the time to consider not supporting his work until he can learn to play well with others.
Oh, and look at the people Yon has banned. I’d say that’s a pretty good crowd of people to be associated with.