When Crissman said with full sincerity that he probably was in trouble, and then joked that he might need a place to stay, the council burst into laughter, with members saying he could live in Hit.
Gen. (actually Col.) Hamid behaved in a manner entirely consonant with his culture. Having obtained power, he used it to benefit himself and those closest to him. A Mafia boss would understand and applaud his actions, a Capone or a Gambino would only question his intelligence in allowing himself to be taken so easily. It will be interesting to see what the Iraqi government, which so desperately wished to keep their distance from anything that might be construed as responsibility regarding the outcome, will do when Hamid is transferred to their care.
It will be even more interesting to see if LTC Crissman was correct in his assessment of the probability that, while Gen. Petraeus is capable of penning a fine document for public consumption, those showing initiative in actually fulfilling the lofty ideals espoused by the General have reason to fear should they attempt to actually engage in their implementation.
Michael Yon is certainly the best reporter in Iraq at the moment. It is to be hoped that coalition leadership is cognizant of the fact that booting him or making his job more difficult because of truth telling would constitute poor public relations.