AC: "So it's one kind of hell or another. So the real question is what kind of hell is it that the American public wishes to choose."
The longest section of the interview we've seen so far (although still far from the "full" interview we were promised all day) has General Petraeus discussing timetables, militias, and sectarian violence. Michael then discusses the shift in the Democrat's view on ending the war and what the consequences of withdrawing too precipitously would be.
Michael talks to Campbell Brown about the fact that the war isn't going to be able to be wrapped up any time soon... and what might ensue after American troops leave.
Michael is in The Sit Room and talks to Wolf about the Iranian "agents of influence" in the Iraqi government.
NR: "I know General Petraeus wishes he had a happier story to tell the American people, but, unfortunately, he doesn't."
Michael asks General Petraeus about Iranian "agents of influence" within the Iraqi government.
Michael intros a clip from his interview with General Petraeus, concerning Iranian influence in Iraq.
Hala Gorani talks to Michael about his interview with General Petraeus.
Brianna Keiler shows a clip from Michael's interview with General David Petraeus, which was being conducted at the time.
AC: "There appears to be a growing realization at last among Democrats that this war is not finishing."
Michael has a new VO for the section of "Inside the Surge" that detailed the deal made with insurgents (and the death of Abu Fahad) and then talks a bit about the hearings.
Campbell Brown talks with both Michael and Candy Crowley about the politics of the hearings. Michael also shows part of an interview he did last week with Senator John Kerry (and despite what Campbell says, it was conducted last Wednesday).
Length: 5:41 / 3:45
Michael visits The Situation Room and talks to Wolf about the realities of Iranian influence in Iraq.
Campbell Brown speaks with Michael, Nic Robertson, Candy Crowley, and David Gergen to get perspectives on the testimony today.
Length: 6:13 / 7:23
Campbell Brown speaks with Michael and Nic Robertson about today's testimony. "Reality check" is certainly needed in DC...!
In the hour after TSR, Michael spoke with Hugh Riminton rather than Lou Dobbs (smart man!) about the testimony and the "political theater" we were treated to yesterday. This includes his first direct comments about the presidential candidates, by the way. (Hint: check the title quote.)
Wolf talks to Candy Crowley and Michael for reactions to today's testimony. (Yes, after a few hours on Capitol Hill, I imagine heading back to Baghdad would definitely seem preferable...)
Michael is on Capitol Hill, covering the Petraeus/Crocker testimony and also gives an outsider's view on the process that allows something this vital to be turned into a campaign moment. In the second clip, Wolf asks him what questions he wished had been asked... now how can we get Michael up on the House committee dais tomorrow?
Length: 5:05 / 3:00
Michael's second special for CNN/International explains the surge and how the different aspects of it have lowered the levels of violence, and the costs (both military and social) of how we achieved them.
Length: 8:42 / 11:18 / 4:50
Campbell Brown speaks with Michael (in the NY studio), Candy Crowley (in DC), and Nic Robertson (in Baghdad) and previews tomorrow's testimony from General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker.
Wolf shows Nic Robertson's piece from an embed with American and Iraqi troops, and then talks to Michael for a reality check: who owns the streets of Baghdad, Nuri al Maliki or Muqtada al Sadr?
Suzanne Malveaux talks to Michael about the surge, the realities on the ground, and what may be mentioned next week during the hearings.
(Big thanks to BA over at ATA for pulling this clip for me!)
Michael, who was joined by freelance writer Nir Rosen, gave a perspective of the war as seen by someone who has been living it at street-level for the past five years. The event was posted online by CAP, and that video is archived below, along with a couple of photographs I took and excerpts from an interview he did while at CAP with Think Progress.
Watch the clip, read the transcript...