The name of the piece is The Real Iraq, written by Amir Taheri. It comes from Commentary Magazine and is featured on RCP, who gets the customary hat tip.
The reason this article will probably not make it to the MSM publications will become much clearer, as you read it. It certainly paints a different picture than the Iraq based left-leaning media reporters that rarely leave their hotel rooms, yet file reports like they were some kind of eye witnesses.
It isn't all strawberries and cream, either. But, it does illustrate the old adage of, "there are two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in the middle". This piece is a good illustration of that "somewhere in the middle".