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Iraq, the Unraveling (XXXIX): Hey, security is deteriorating!

So says the Iraqi VP. And Anthony Shadid ‘splains why in the New York Times. Anthony was always Mr. Mellow in Baghdad ("just take a taxi to Karbala, Tom") so when he gets worried, I start getting really worried.

So says the Iraqi VP. And Anthony Shadid ‘splains why in the New York Times. Anthony was always Mr. Mellow in Baghdad ("just take a taxi to Karbala, Tom") so when he gets worried, I start getting really worried.

So says the Iraqi VP. And Anthony Shadid ‘splains why in the New York Times. Anthony was always Mr. Mellow in Baghdad ("just take a taxi to Karbala, Tom") so when he gets worried, I start getting really worried.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1