Monday, June 16, 2008
The past week has seen some extraordinary reporting out of Baghdad from Michael Ware ... so much so that I decided it was about darned time I unleashed an all-Michael post!
The week started "quietly" enough, with an update on the Status of Forces Agreement (SoFA is the treaty that will allow US troops to stay in Iraq after the UN mandate authorizing the 2003 invasion expires at the end of this year) for last Monday's The Situation Room:
Michael also wrote an article for CNN.com: Papers give peek inside al Qaeda in Iraq. It would seem that AQI was using these computers as electronic HR departments, containing employment applications, pay records, plans, and most disturbingly, dozens of videos submitted as proof of executions.
The prepared piece was bumped from 360 that night due to breaking news, which allowed for a bit more promotion, at least:
The piece did run on Thursday:
Friday morning brought us another exclusive out of Baghdad: the SoFA talks are deadlocked, as the Iraqis have rejected not one but two US proposals, and have now come up with a very clever twist, which will use our bureaucracy against us:
(Oh, but we Americans sure do think that political gamesmanship was invented in Washington, don't we? Ha!)
Michael was also one of the panelists on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS (which would appear to have been filmed on Thursday) to discuss the current situation in Iraq. First, Fareed asks him to respond to a recent Brookings Institution report that says that things have improved there. Yes... but...:
Fareed later asks him about the affects of the enormous walls we have put up to segregate the different neighborhoods of Baghdad:
Oh, but the week wasn't over quite yet! On today's American Morning (in the midst of yet another sandstorm) Michael did another summary of the current state of affairs in Iraq -- the reasons for the success of the surge, and the realities of the SoFA negotiations as well as a possible withdrawal of US troops:
And that was only a look at six of the 15 clips I posted about Michael this week -- quite the intense week for our favorite straight-shooting, ass-kicking, former-rugby-playing ex-lawyer war correspondent, currently in residence at CNN's Baghdad bureau. (Not sure whether anyone has told Wolf yet, but Michael is now the only western journalist to have lived in Iraq throughout the war. Come on, Wolf, the man deserves his own promo phrase!)
But seriously... as I have soapboxed many times, we are very, very fortunate to have a journalist of his caliber and bravery working for an American network. Good onya, Michael!