Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA 10th) has just returned from his third trip to Iraq, and he shares his thoughts in the Washington Post this morning. Things in Iraq are not as good as I had hoped they would be by now, but—despite the constantly-negative media reports about terrorism and insurgency—things have been steadily improving.

While part of Wolf’s piece discusses these things that are improving, he also has some good ideas on how to effectively communicate to the American people how important it is to stay the course (no matter what you thought of the war in the first place). He proposes an independent review of the war, what mistakes may have been made, how we can do a better job, and what the cost of defeat would be. It’s worth a serious read.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.