Meant to note this story from last weekend Times magazine earlier this week: It has eye-opening reporting in it about a very effective Iraqi unit fighting the insurgents. These Iraqis aren’t the nicest people–which is what prompts the author, Peter Maas, to give the story a negative spin–but these are the kind of people it pays to have on your side. They are tough as hell, enjoy killing and capturing insurgents, and are good at it. I wouldn’t want the U.S. military to behave the way they do (and we should continue to try to teach them Western norms of warfare), but, by Iraqi standards, they are probably pretty mild. The sooner they can relieve our guys from carrying the bulk of the fight in Iraq, the better.