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 streets...
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 "solution."
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.
Watch the 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 Chetry.
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 little.
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, aren't we?
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 plug.
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 identified.
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
From Michael Ware
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