There are two citizen journalists in Iraq who've run rings around the MSM crowd over there. Michael Yon and Michael Totten are the Ernie Pyles of the Iraq war. They've been with the troops in the field while the MSM'ers were filing reports from a bar in the Green Zone.
Anything they write is worth reading, but this piece from Michael Totten is a sobering view of what is likely to happen when Americans withdraw from the cities next year. On the other hand, this from Michael Yon is a great deal more upbeat. They're both worth a read, and it's worth monitoring these two superb journalists.