Michael discusses Joe
Biden's speech from last night, and what Biden offers
in the line of foreign policy experience. He's still
looking for specifics, although it's not likely that
the American people really want to hear the
unpleasant side of bringing the troops home -- and
what politician in their right mind (an oxymoron if
ever there was one) would be so blunt during a
campaign. Well, at least we know Michael will never
run for office -- he's too insistent on telling the
(Oh, and I agree with Mr. Night Owl -- they are doing these interviews WAY too early in the morning!)
Michael speaks with Kiran
Chetry again, about the politics of war -- In Iraq
and in Georgia. And Iran is a factor in both.
Michael talks some more
about the Biden plan, as well as the new timetable
agreement and Iran's advantage in Iraq.
Michael is back in New
York just in time for the Democratic Convention, and
talks to Kiran Chetry about Joe Biden's plan to
partition Iraq into three separate countries.
An update on the Russian
troop withdrawal, recorded earlier this morning.
As dusk settles in
Tbilisi, Michael talks to Jim Clancy about the day's
events and some further information about the rumored
More details about the
move out of the undisputed territory and the claims
that the Russian troops are simply changing uniforms
and becoming 'peacekeeper' forces.
Michael confirms that the
Russian forces are moving out of the greater Georgian
areas but as expected, only into the so-called
breakaway territories, and they intend to maintain a
"buffer zone" as well.
A second appearance, with
Ralitsa showing live footage from the Gori
checkpoint. As Michael is discussing the presumed
plans of the Russian troops, the signal is lost.
Michael talks to Ralitsa
Vassileva about the plans for Russian troop
withdrawals, scheduled to start today but when will
they finish, and where will the troops be then?
A piece updating the
repair work on the rail bridge outside of Gori that
was destroyed by Russian troops last week, as well as
an overview as to how key incidents have effectively
crippled the Georgian economy.
Another recorded update,
similar to the earlier one but with some slightly
A recorded update of the
overnight events, with more details from the Georgian
government: 21 Georgian MPs were taken away by
Russian troops in the town of Poti, and similar
attempts were also made elsewhere. Also, the Russians
are now talking about setting up permanent
checkpoints in Gori.
Michael phones in a
report about another non-pullback day by the
Russians, as well as reports that the troops have
moved back into Poti, where they took several
Georgian soldiers into custody.
Michael sums up the day's
events for Wolf. No evidence of a pullout, and in
fact he adds that the incident with the tanks plowing
through the police cars was actually an advancing of
the Russian lines.
Just after midnight and
Michael's back in Tbilisi and introduces the earlier
prepared piece. He also answers some questions
afterwards. There is no stick to beat the Russians
into following through on their agreements... a
definite reminder of the bad old days.
Michael spends the day in
Gori, looking for evidence of a troop pullout, and
finds none. In fact, tanks smash through a barrier of
Georgian police cars with clear disdain for any peace
agreement that may have been signed in Moscow.
A pre-recorded piece
highlighting the hoped-for pullout. (NOTE: The audio
feed is slightly out of sync on the broadband feed.)
Midnight in the Georgian
capital, as everyone awaits the coming pullout of
Russian troops, some of whom remain merely 40
kilometers outside the city.
A short recorded piece
about what was supposed to happen Monday.
Michael is back in
Tbilisi and appears on GPS. He sums up the events of
the past few days by saying that not only did the
Russians easily sweep aside the Georgian Army, but
the invasion served to send a message from Moscow to
the world... and no one has any intention or ability
to answer back in any meaningful way.
Michael's prepared piece
on the destruction of the railway bridge. He finds
the firing cable that was used to connect to the
detonator device and follows it to the protected site
where Russian soldiers sheltered from the blast.
Georgians are already working to clear the bridge
A short pre-recorded
piece that played first on International and recaps
the current Russian troop movements and the
destruction of the rail bridge that links Tbilisi
with the port city of Poti. One of the things it is
used for is to transport oil for companies such as
Our first look at the
destroyed bridge. Michael has also spoken with local
residents, who told him that the bridge was destroyed
seven hours earlier. The Georgian Vice-Prime Minister
says that his people are ready to take up arms
against the Russians again if they do not start
adhering to the cease-fire. The Russians claim that
they need time to collect arms and remove booby-traps
set by the Georgians. Mmm-hmm.
Michael calls in from
Gori, reporting that despite the signing of a
cease-fire agreement, the Russians are still very
much dug in there, which is undisputed Georgian
territory. In fact, he is at the location of a key
railway bridge that has been destroyed by the Russian
troops. Whether the bridge was blown up before or
after the signing of the peace deal, it is a clear
violation of the spirit of the agreement, and will
disrupt Georgian transportation and trade for months.
A longer version of the
piece from Poti, followed by a live discussion with
Lou Dobbs about the political and military realities
from the front lines.
Another recap of what the
Russians are doing -- or in the case of the
not doing -- in the various
areas from Tbilisi to the Black Sea.
Michael lays out the
locations of the Russian army troops and what vital
arteries they are controlling.
Tom Foreman asks Michael
for an update. The Russian troops are now only 29
miles east of Tbilisi. They are now controlling not
only the two breakaway regions, but the land between.
Michael believes that they will go to the bargaining
table that way, and then 'negotiate' down to only
keeping the two disputed regions. Pretty damned
2 a.m. During a live
special on the crisis in Georgia, Michael tells Jim
Clancy about the trip to Poti (including the prepared
clip) but then updates that the Russian army is
moving out of the port city; however, about 30km
outside Poti, he and his team passed through a
location where the Russians have dug in with heavy
A prepared piece showing
Russian troops in the port city of Poti, although
says that they are not in control of the entire city.
6 a.m. in Tbilisi.
Anderson Cooper speaks with Michael and with Jill
Dougherty in Moscow. Michael updates the Russian
troop movements; Jill explains the thinking of the
Michael speaks with
Campbell Brown about the message Russia is sending to
America and to countries in the region of Georgia --
especially former territories of the Soviet Union --
that have allied with America.
3 a.m. -- Michael speaks
with Lou Dobbs and explains the Russian advances
2 a.m. in Tbilisi.
Michael explains that the Russians are sending a
clear message not only to the US but also to our
allies -- because our military is already stretched
so thin, we are in no position to come to the aid of
anyone, regardless of our committments.
Moments after the first
TSR clip aired, Michael was on World News Europe to
describe how the Russians are in control of the
Georgian cities of Gori and Poti.
It's now midnight Friday
in Georgia, and Michael has moved to the capital city
of Tbilisi. In this clip, he describes how the
Russian army has moved further into Georgia.
Newsroom replays a
stand-up originally done for International. Michael
describes the Russian army troops who have just left
the road outside Gori.