Michael is on an embed in
Diyala province, and since they can't turn on any
lights, he did a nightvision interview with Anderson,
discussing comments VP Cheney made earlier today to
Larry King about Iraq. Numbers on a page vs. blood in
The write-up from their website:
In Iraq a rare moment of joy and national pride was shattered in a matter of hours when bombs exploded in Baghdad, ripping through crowds celebrating the country's win against South Korea in the semi-finals of the Asian Cup.
More than 50 soccer fans were killed and many more injured in two separate suicide attacks.
It seems nothing, not even the makeup of the Iraqi soccer team of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish players, can stop the insurgents' drive to destroy what was a rare display of national unity.
Michael Ware is CNN's correspondent in Baghdad, from where he joins us now.
Wolf asks Michael about
Saudia Arabia's involvement in Iraq.
Michael gives some more
insight on the president's speech earlier today and
also makes some great observations about Iran.
Michael reacts to the
president's speech that sought to inform us that al
Qaeda in Iraq is actually ... al Qaeda ... in Iraq!
Wow, who'd'a thunk!?
Time magazine has a cover
story this week about various scenarios of US troop
withdrawal from Iraq. Anderson speaks with Time's
Michael Duffy about the article, and also gets
reaction from "our" Michael.
Two follow-ups to the
report Michael did last night about the Anbar
Length: 2:54 / 3:30
Michael has a blistering
report about abuses being carried out by the Sunni
militias we have empowered to fight al Qaeda in al
Anbar province. They are basically just dragging
people out and executing them, we have no way of
knowing whether or not those targeted are really al
Qaeda. Some incredible footage in this report,
highlighting a very scary situation.
clip, read the transcript...
Michael does a brief recorded piece about the arrest two weeks ago of the top Iraqi member of al Qaeda in Iraq.
Michael appeared on an
Australian television program last night, discussing
the surge and the forecast for success and failure.
(The size of the clip is the same as the source.)
Anderson has a panel
discussion with Michael, Peter Bergen, and General
David Grange about the NIE and the conclusions/spin
that is being put on the information.
Wolf asks Michael about
the NIE that was released today. You have to be
suspicious when the gov't suddenly "announces" things
that have been reported on for not just months but
years. One can only hope that they are holding
better/newer/fresher info than that...
Jim Clancy talks to
Michael about the release of the NIE report
Tom Foreman asks Michael
about how committed the Iraqi political leaders are
to the concept of a unified Iraq.
Michael discusses the
proposed troop pullout with John Roberts and Kiran
Length: 4:23 / 2:53
Anderson asks Michael to
respond to tonight's vote by Congress to pull the
troops out by April. Also, a glimpse of how the
military commanders are felling about the politics,
and an explanation as to how those damned statistics
in the report card can look so good and mean so
A recorded piece in which
Michael sums up the problems with the "report card."
Michael talks to Wolf
about the trade-off we've made in order to achieve
even the marginal positives in Iraq: empowering the
Sunnis to form their own death squads to counter the
Iranian-backed Shia ones. I fear that the "excessive
force" captured on those videotapes will make the
LAPD look like rambunctious 4-year-olds...
Anderson talks to Jamie
McIntyre and Michael about the upcoming report on the
Iraqi benchmarks, and why they aren't being met.
Michael talks to Paula
about the benchmarks and progress.
Michael talks to Wolf
about two of the benchmarks and whether they are
achievable: providing Iraqi brigades to Baghdad and
reducing the level of sectarian violence. Also, Jack
Cafferty defines "tough guy."
Anderson asks Michael
about the AP report that the Iraqi government will
not meet any of the benchmarks that were supposed to
be reached as a sign of progress. No surprise there,
since we're still trying to impose democracy on a
group of people who really don't want it. But boy, we
are giving those militias some first-rate training,
Hala Gorani talks to
Michael about today's latest: Muqtada is back in
Iran, one of the VPs advises Iraqi civilians to arm
and defend themselves, and al Qaeda is warning Iran
to back off.
Tom Foreman hosts a panel
discussion with Michael, Jamie McIntyre, and Gen.
David Grange about the week's events in Iraq and the
ongoing debate as to whether to give the surge until
September before deciding whether or not to pull the
Suzanne Malveaux asks
Michael about the Iraq connection to the UK terrorism
attacks and -- here's a shock -- Iranian public
denials of interference in Iraq.
Newsroom runs a prepared
piece (which also aired on Your World Today) with
another update on the "Iran in Iraq" story. Our
military has learned that the Quds Force is giving a
reward to any Iraqis who kill US troops.
(To paraphrase what Jon Stewart recently said "to" Ahmadinejad, you know... we're trying to keep President Bombsalot and Vice President Vader from nuking you guys, but you sure aren't helping!)
Suzanne Malveaux talks to
Michael about the ramifications of Hezbollah in Iraq
and how the Bad Guys are working hard to influence
the numbers that General Petraeus will be reporting
to Congress in September.
Michael updates the VO
report that aired yesterday, adding today's
confirmation of the story from the US military.
Three more reports -- two
live, one recorded -- on the exclusive report from
yesterday. The US military confirms the story,
there's more details on what and when and who, and
more detailed speculation on the why.
Length: 4:10 / 3:13 / 2:21
Michael breaks an
incredible story -- a senior Hezbollah bomb-maker was
caught up in a military sweep in Iraq in March. He
masked his identity for weeks by pretending to be
deaf and mute, but has now been positively
First is a stand-up report where Michael outlines the facts of the case; second is a prepared report with further detail.
Michael also wrote up the story for CNN.com; that article is reproduced here.
Length: 3:13 / 5:14