The NYT provides the best overall Iraq reporting today, with two compelling off-lead stories.
NEW YORK TIMES
From Baghdad, James Glanz reports on the city nearly being starved of electricity due to frequent insurgent attacks on power lines into the capital city. Enterprising Baghdad residents are increasingly turning to generators for electricity rather than rely on sporadic traditional electricity.
In a bizarre, fascinating story, Marc Santora reports from Baghdad on the jailbreak of a former Iraqi official and American citizen who Santora profiled in the NYT just days ago. Aiham Alsammarae, who has dual U.S.-Iraqi citizenship, escaped from his low security Green Zone jail with the apparent help of western security contractors. He was the senior-most former Iraqi official facing corruption charges. Now his whereabouts are unknown.
The WP tops with a Robin Wright and Peter Baker report that's not as clear as its headline: "White House, Joint Chiefs at Odds on More Troops." While that may be the case, the story suggests that the military chiefs are pushing back but not necessarily outright opposed to surging more troops into Iraq.
Josh White reports on new Defense Secretary Robert Gates promising he'll listen and learn and go to Iraq.
Columnist Richard Cohen blasts John McCain, saying McCain's proposal to send tens of thousands more troops to Iraq will cost him the presidency in 2008 and be a lost cause in Iraq.
Only the Iraq violence story linked at the top of this page.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR
From Washington, Howard LaFranchi reports on what he says is a conundrum: as many Americans call for Iraqis to take on more of the burden in Iraq, "the Iraqi state, in many respects, does not exist."
Also from DC, Richard Whittle reports on the U.S. Air Froces growing problems: "Aging planes, budget shortages, and ground casualities." So reads the story's headline.
On the opinion page, former U.S. official Lincoln Bloomfield says U.S. leaders might make fewer ill-advised decisions if their subordinates war-gamed scenarios more often.