Erica Hill spoke to
Michael earlier in the day, and he once again tries
to sound-bite the complex situation in Iraq into
Michael is still in
London, and talks to Wolf about the Basra violence
and how it portends what could happen if US forces
withdraw from Iraq. Basically it boils down to this:
the Iranian-influenced Iraqi government is attacking
Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi militia because he (Muqtada)
is not in lockstep with Iran.
(If we resolved things here in the US the same way, Hillary's people would be going after Obama's people with assault weapons, not media attacks. Which I guess would make McCain the Sunni; waiting on the sidelines while the Dems destroy each other.)
Wolf also talks to Ed Henry, who gives a rundown of the current situation and then the president's version of it.
Michael speaks with
Michael Holmes about the Basra fighting and how Iran
is projecting its force into Iraq.
(The clicking sound audible from about the midway point on is Michael playing with the pen he's holding...)
Anderson has a recorded
interview with Michael about the current situation in
Iraq. And also reveals that today is Michael's
Wolf talks to Michael
about the Basra situation, including a clip from
Michael's recent interview with Ambassador Ryan
Crocker. (How does Wolf manage to sound surprised
that the outlook for Iraq is "gloomy"?)
Michael speaks with
Fionnuala Sweeney about the different factions
fighting in Basra, how Tehran is pulling the strings,
and why Muqtada al-Sadr declared the ceasefire to
Michael talks with Jim
Clancy about the events in Basra, how they are
playing out, and why today offers us a glimpse of a
possible future when American troops leave.
Michael is in London, and
talks to Michael Holmes about the violence that
erupted today in Basra.
Length: 3:38 (beginning of interview is missing, full piece from CNN.com is 4:15)
Thanks to Sharon for
pointing out that CNN/I also had Michael on overnight
-- this clip was taken from CNN.com.
It's just before 6 a.m.
in Baghdad, and Rick Sanchez asks Michael to comment
on the US death toll in Iraq topping the 4,000 mark.
The woman who joins the conversation is Martha
Zoller, one of three women Rick had been talking to
about Iraq. She makes a valid point as far as not
wanting to make the number more important than the
lives lost (surely whoever was #3,999 is grieved for
just as deeply!) but anyone who thinks that a
milestone like that isn't going to be commented upon
is just kidding themselves.
Michael appears via
satellite to discuss the current situation in Iraq
with Bill Maher. It's a fantastic interview; Michael
at both his fun and serious best.
Michael appears on This
Week in Politics to discuss the realities of whether
the government in Iraq fears a US pullout and
questions why no one is talking about Iran.
special from the 360
Awe gave us a five year
retrospective from the reporters who have been
covering Iraq: the politics, the military, the birth
of the insurgency, the surge, and the realities on
These are just the portions that Michael contributed; the full special is available here.
Length: 0:21 / 1:27 / 0:56 / 3:23 / 1:55 / 0:40 / 0:24 / 1:49 / 0:33 / 1:51
Anderson talks to Michael
(it's morning in Baghdad!) and David Gergen about
Senator Obama's stated intention to listen to the
ground commanders about ending the war.
Wolf talks to Michael via
the nightlighted (pretty sure that's the correct
term, as "nightlit" would mean moonlight; whatever,
he's green) broadband connection about the politics
of ending the war.
Michael talks with
Michael Holmes -- it's now night in Iraq, so we get
the lovely green of nightvision -- about the past
five years and what may come next. The conversation
was interrupted by Kyra Phillips' interview with
General Petraeus, but they went back to finish it.
(This is a 15 minute discussion about Iraq -- why
don't we get this kind of depth with Michael on
Length: 6:41 / 8:20
A prepared piece about an
Iraqi police officer who was tortured by fellow
police. Michael interviews him and provides voiceover
narration; like most things in Iraq, there are
complicated questions raised by the facts of his
story, including why it happened and at whose hands.
Michael reacts to
President Bush's speech on the anniversary of the
start of the war. The satellite feed is lost during
this; they were unable to get back to him before the
end of the program.
Michael talks about the
changes since the surge began.
Michael talks about the
improvements the surge has achieved, and the
ramifications of the way they were achieved.
Another report from the
FOB: how well has the surge worked, and at what cost?
(Michael is clearly having some fun with the crew at the start of the clip, you can just about imagine what he must have heard through the earpiece to let him know he was on already...!)
Michael is at a Forward
Operating Base in the north of Baghdad and sends a
report via broadband as CNN International begins to
cover the fifth anniversary of the start of the war.
(Many thanks to Délie for capturing this; she missed the beginning, but we'll forgive her! CNN.com also posted the full clip, so I've added that as well.)
Soledad O'Brien subs for
Anderson and talks to Michael as well as Peter Bergen
and Gloria Borger about John McCain's latest trip to
Michael does a
voiceover-only summary of the trip.
Don Lemon throws to
Michael for a final summation of the Iranian
...and both Michaels are
still on for Your World Today, with a longer
discussion about the visit and its importance.
Michael Holmes anchors
World News and asks Michael about Ahmadinejah's
John Roberts asks Michael
about Ahmadinejah's visit and whether he's really
just there to stir up trouble.
A look at the recent
history between Iran and Iraq, this recorded piece is
voiceover-only, with the exception of a brief clip
from Michael's recent interview with the Iranian
ambassador to Iraq (in which producer Tommy Evans
also makes a quick cameo appearance.)
A recorded overview of
the visit, including clips from the press conference.
Another clip from World
News, a summation of the significance of the Iranian
Michael is on Sunday
Morning about 20 minutes after the International
clip, detailing the significance of the Iranian
president's arrival for Domestic viewers. Aneesh
Raman also speaks about how Iranian citizens view the