A Tasting Menu
This month, we have no focus, no theme for the magazine. This is by design, not a reflection of burned-out editorial imaginations. Not all stories fit into a neat package. Some need to stand on their own. Our April issue is composed of such articles. I think of this issue, and others like it, as a tasting menu of the kinds of stories we do best.
Having said that, I now turn to two articles that are, in fact, thematically related. The focus of both is the so-called Anbar Awakening, the movement in which Sunni sheikhs in the al Anbar Province of Iraq turned against the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group with which they had been allied and joined forces with U.S. Soldiers and Marines. This was a major positive development in a war that has had too few of them, and we offer two fine articles that explain how the Awakening came about.