AC: al-Qaeda "far from marginalized."
Michael tells Anderson about the arrest and release of 18 Shia Iraqi police officers who took part in a brutal retaliation in Tal Afar, where they killed more than 70 Sunnis.
TSR: "We're on your side... just empower us."
Wolf plays a short clip from last night's piece on tribal forces in al-Anbar and Michael answers some questions about what's happening there.
AC: Exit strategies and tribal assassins
The first clip is a lengthy discussion on how a US withdrawal should/might be handled. Anderson speaks with Michael, General "Spider" Marks, and Steve Simon.
The second clip starts with a prepared piece from Michael's recent trip to al-Anbar province, where tribal leaders have bonded together to fight al-Qaeda. It is followed by a brief live Q&A.
Length: 11:12 / 6:35
TSR: "We're only talking about the surface."
Wolf talks to Michael some more about walking in Baghdad and the latest al Qaeda resurgence in Tal Afar.
AAM: "...putting his campaign vehicle into high gear reverse."
John Roberts talks to Michael about Senator McCain's explanation of his statements regarding the current security within Baghdad.
AC: Recap of Ware vs. McCain, round 1
Anderson talks to Michael about the claims that Senator John McCain made earlier about the situation in Baghdad.
LDT: No civil war...? Seriously, people.
Michael talks to Kitty Pilgrim about the current violence levels in Iraq, which another military leader apparently has decided isn't a civil war.
TSR: Ware vs. McCain..."He and I can go for a stroll."
Michael shreds John McCain's bizarre assertions that Americans can walk safely in some neighborhoods in Baghdad and that General David Petraeus drives around in an unarmed Humvee. McCain's condescension while speaking to Wolf is like hearing a new version of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Wall of Lies.
TSR: "I believe there is still one last chance..."
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Wolf talks to Michael about the missed chances to find a political solution in Iraq.
TWAW: "His government was all but in his hands..."
Commentary on the week's events from Michael, Jamie McIntyre, and retired Army Colonel Pat Lang. Michael's comments are on the reported use of children to bypass security checkpoints (a story which still has not been confirmed) and the mortar-shell-explosion-seen-round-the-world (focusing on Maliki's unflinching reaction.)
AC: "This is the war that you have, and it needs to be fought..."
John Roberts speaks to Michael about today's vote in the House to set a date to start the troop redeployment.
LDT: "I'm sure there's much more to emerge from this incident."
A brief recorded piece summing up today's assassination attempt on the deputy Prime Minister.
TSR: "To al Qaeda, this man is worse than anything."
Wolf talks to Michael about today's assassination attempt against the Sunni deputy Prime Minister.
TSR: "You cannot protect the Green Zone..."
Wolf speaks to Michael about the explosion this morning that jarred UN S-G Ban Ki-moon.
AC: Killing children
Michael has been investigating the report of a weekend car-bombing that used children as decoys to pass through a checkpoint. The children were reportedly left inside the car when it was detonated. (I had assumed the kids were abducted from the "other" side of the sectarian divide; more horrifying, it may be that the bombers thought they were doing the children a favor by sending them to Allah more swiftly.)
PZN: "...what America is prepared to pay...for peace in this region."
Michael appears on a panel with Christiane Amanpour and Wolf Blitzer to discuss the situation in Iraq with Paula Zahn.
AC: "Over and over, we've heard this."
Anderson is in Thailand, and speaks to Michael about the start of Year 5 in Iraq. In the first segment, he reports on the execution of Saddam's VP, carried out at dawn in Baghdad, followed by a prepared piece about the current state of the war as the troop surge continues.
In the second segment, he and Michael Gordon answer Anderson's questions about the surge and its effectiveness.
Length: 6:16 / 5:11
LDT: "There's many battlefronts yet to be played out."
Michael speaks to Kitty Pilgrim about the progress being made with the troop surge.
TSR: Year 5 begins with another expected execution
After another week off-air, Michael returns for the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the war. He also reports on a report that Saddam's VP will be executed in a few hours.
TWAW: "America's not prepared to pay the price."
John Roberts talks to Michael, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, and "Spider" Marks about the events of the week.
AC: "America is tied down here."
Anderson speaks with David Gergen (in San Francisco) and Michael about, as he says, "realities in both Washington and Iraq."
LDT: Summation of Petraeus press conference
A brief pre-recorded recap of General Petraeus' morning press conference.
YWT: "There is no military solution to this war"
An overview of some of the violence being directed at Shia pilgrims, followed by comments regarding this morning's press conference and reaction to a renewed call to set a date for withdrawal of American troops.
AAM: General Petraeus' press conference
General Petraeus held his first press conference today, which Michael attended. During the first hour of American Morning, he talks to Miles about some of what was said (and not said). During the second hour, they play a brief pre-recorded summation of the event.
Length: 2:47 / 2:17
TSR: Religion + slaughter = Iraq
Michael does a report about the current spate of violence aimed at Shia pilgrims observing a holy festival. 160 dead so far, with another three days to go.
YWT: More on the intelligence battle
Michael's piece on the battle for the intelligence agencies in Iraq aired again; this is only the Q&A with Hala that followed it.
AC: "...the fate of the Iraqi intelligence community."
Michael's prepared report on the story he previewed on TSR: a power struggle for supremacy between the CIA in Iraq (and the intelligence agency they front) and a new agency being championed by the Shiite-led government (with ties to Iran.) The latter is trying to force out the former, a move that would essentially blind us and give Iran the upper hand.
TSR: "...legislation...that will gut the CIA's influence here..."
After a week off, Michael is back with news about legislation currently before the Iraqi parliament that will prevent the CIA from working effectively inside Iraq. It would be a clear victory for Iran in the tug-of-war for control of Iraq.