Hot Air in Iraq, Pray for Safety

From a post today on Hot Air, apparently Michelle Malkin (of and and Bryan Preston (of will be heading to Iraq to do some reporting from the ground on a variety of issues.

Listed specifically:

1) to report on how the troops perceive mainstream media coverage of the war (with a particular focus on the wire services relying on local stringers); and

2) to report on progress and interaction between U.S. troops and Iraqi Army trainees.

This pleases me to no end and I wish Michelle, Bryan and their families the best during the trip. To have credible voices from the blogosphere reporting firsthand experiences and interactions with soldiers is more than I could ask and I hope the trip goes exceedingly well.

More from the post:

Bryan and I will be heading out to Iraq very shortly as embeds to advance the story and get first-hand the side of the story the AP refuses to hear–the side of the troops on the ground. (It is an expensive trip. If you’d like to pitch in, we’d greatly appreciate any help. PayPal button below.) You’ll start hearing from us soon. Stay tuned here and at I’ll also be filing dispatches for the New York Post, which provided us with media accreditation.

Head on over and check out the whole story, there is a lot behind this trip. Also, give a little gift to defer costs if you can, I already did.

(This has little to do with the 2008 election but I felt compelled to post it)