Towards the end of a trip blogging always becomes difficult. It's as if you've seen it all before and there's really nothing new or noteworthy that you want to take the time and write about. There are moments when I just want to count the days down and not really observe or interact with my surroundings. It's a little selfish, but it's true, and especially poignant on this trip because it's been longer than normal.
Iraq continues to slog onward. The current Iraq news story, the aftermath of the Petraeus-Crocker testimony, is being covered from New York and Washington. Muqtada al-Sadr is being quiet for the time being, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq is on its heels. Violence continues to be sporadic as the fight ebbs and flows between insurgent groups and the Coalition-backed Iraqi security forces. It's another Friday in Baghdad.