special in the "Extreme Challenges" series, this
program focuses on the issues facing the incoming
president. In three segments, Anderson Cooper hosts a
panel discussion with Michael, Christiane Amanpour,
Peter Bergen, and David Gergen. The first segment
covers Iraq, the second Afghanistan, and the third
This is exactly the kind of discussion a lot of us have been waiting to hear... unfortunately, its only airing to date has been at five in the morning the day after Thanksgiving. Hopefully it will get some prime-time respect in the near future.
Length: 4:45 / 6:05 / 5:42
As part of
the "Memo to the President" series, Michael outlines
the decisions President-elect Obama faces in regards
to removing troops from Iraq. The Iraqi parliament
has approved an agreement to extend the time US
troops remain in the country, but also included a
firm date by which all troops must be out.
appears on D.L. Hughley's program to discuss what we
should do in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
That's a lot to cram in to just a few short minutes,
but D.L. asks great questions, and gets straight
answers. (The raw honesty of Michael's first answer
is simply stunning.)
of Forces Agreement remains a central sticking point
in Iraq, and both Michael and Peter Bergen talk to
Anderson about that and the odds of our forces in
Afghanistan tracking down Osama bin Laden (pretty
much zero, since he's in Pakistan.) So what will
President-elect Obama do?
(in NY) and Peter Bergen (in DC) talk to Campbell
Brown about what President-elect Obama will be able
to do with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both
agree that just pulling troops out of the former and
shifting them to the latter is not the answer.
and General Wesley Clark speak with Becky Anderson
about the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
recognizes Veterans Day, Michael was on NewsRoom
briefly to introduce his piece on David Bellavia.
(Since the piece is available here already,
these are just his before/after clips.) He
definitely stumbles right out of the gate,
although it's pretty obvious what he intended to
Length: 0:27 / 0:34
that it wasn't too long ago that Michael was
complaining about having to be on the air at 8amET,
he seems wide awake and extremely happy to be there
at 6, 7, and 8am! But then, this is a very, very
During the first panel, he talks about how President-elect Obama is going to deal with the realities of getting the US out of Iraq; the second one is about how other leaders are going to view him; the third is how the average citizen of Iraq (and Australia) is reacting to the news.
Length: 4:21 / 4:21 / 4:52
Michael spends Saturday
night at work... he speaks with Don Lemon about Iraq
and Afghanistan and the political football that the
wars have become.