I don't remember who it was who first said that the letters directly from soldiers in Iraq that are published on blogs, chatrooms etc. function as a sort of samizdat press for our time; an underground network to publish information and viewpoints that official channels refuse to publish. This e-mail from Army Specialist Joe Roche has made the rounds already I believe, but I'm publishing it here just to do my small part to make sure it's disseminated as widely as possible. I was first tipped to it by Tim Curlee of BeaconBlog. Thanks Tim. The e-mail upends Big Media's conventional wisdom about the progress of our conflict with Moqtada Al Sadr and his gang of thugs. Read the whole thing, as someone or other says.