Michael delivers a
voice-over summation of what Iran's Special Groups
are up to in Iraq, and it is an absolutely chilling
look at the war, the kind of things our troops face
every day but that we, the American public, have been
shielded from. And it is about damned time we saw it
and started comprehending the truth about the fight
and about what is at stake.
Two clips regarding how
the presidential race is viewed from Iraq and the
pending visit to the country by Senator Obama.
Note: The audio on the first clip is lagging several seconds at the start, but it locks in when the image shifts to a fullscreen of the Baghdad feed.
Length: 3:06 / 3:05
Comments on the
Bush/Brown press conference in London today -- where
PM Brown announced British troop increases for
Afghanistan -- and how the epicenter of the
Anglo/American view of the Middle East sits squarely
in Tehran. International's European Political Editor
Robin Oakley also weighs in with the Brit view.
Michael recaps the
current status of the war and the SOFA talks.
Michael makes his first
appearance on Fareed Zakaria GPS, discussing the
current situation in Iraq. Other panelists are
Michael O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack (both of the
Brookings Institution) and Dexter Filkins (NYT).
This is one of the best discussions of the current situation that I have heard in a long time. It really summarizes where we are now and some of the choices yet ahead.
The same recorded piece
as the 6/13 International
World News one.
Further details on the
progress of the SoFA talks: a bit of leftover law
from the Bremer/CPA days may allow the Iraqi
parliament to set the terms for our troops to stay in
the country. You have to give them credit: they sure
have learned to play Washington-style politics in a
hurry! (Maybe with some help from their neighbors to
A brief recorded
summation of the latest developments in the SoFA
Michael reports the
latest developments in the Status of Forces Agreement
discussions: the Iraqis say they can take over and
set the terms for our troops to remain in the
Unfortunately, the satellite feed from Baghdad was lost before he could go into detail; however, there is more about this in the next two clips.
The prepared piece about
the AQI documents finally airs on Domestic. The
breadth of information contained in the hard drives
turned over to him by the members of the Awakening
movement -- some of them former insurgents and AQI
members -- is just astonishing. The overview provided
here provides a sense of the true nature of the
day-to-day cruelty and businesslike tyranny of the
(I have added the original prepared piece, as aired on International, to the bottom of the page; there were slight changes made to the video when it aired on Domestic.)
Michael discusses the AQI
A replay of the section
of the prepared piece that was shown on TSR
yesterday, followed by a brief comment from Michael.
They apparently hope to show the full piece tonight
Michael discusses the AQI
Campbell Brown does
another preview of the AQI document piece, and also
gets Michael's reaction to something that Senator
McCain said today.
(The AQI piece did not air on 360 due to breaking news.)
Wolf talks with Michael
about the al Qaeda files, and Michael elaborates on
the kinds of documents found in the headquarters when
it was taken over.
Brianna Keilar talks with
Michael as an intro to tonight's special report.
Wolf talks to Michael
about the treaty currently being negotiated between
Washington and Baghdad (and Tehran...) that will set
the boundaries for keeping American troops in Iraq
beyond the end of 2008... possibly well beyond.