“I am Become Cronkite, Destroyer of Wars.”
First, fuck reporters who think they are authorities on what they are just suppose to report.
Second, she is probably right. What do you consider a win in Iraq? Forget the political line of Republican or Democratic or conservative or liberal or even what is right or wrong. What is our objective? Have we accomplished that? What would have to happen for us to say we won in Iraq?
Third, democracy is not going to happen in Iraq. Either the mullah are going to take over, or some strong man (like Saddam) will use the army we are currently building to take over, or there will be a civil war between the factions in Iraq, but good old American democracy is not going to happen.
Fourth, the religious factions in Iraq hate each other more than they hate Americans. By giving the Shiite
TO: Stephen Green
…is this person? And what is CNN?
Surely, they are not trying to foist off the outfit that sold its ‘soul’ to Saddam Hussein as a legit, i.e. reliable and accuate, source of information.
[They [corporations] cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls. — Sir Edward Coke, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1628]
…they didn’t sell their soul, as they don’t have one in the first place. And that’s just another reason not to trust them with anything important.
On the other hand, they sold-out. To a tyrannt. Just like Google and Microsoft have.
This is what happens when you love money more than anything else.
What’s Amanpour complaining about? Does she think she’d get the same ratings covering cocktail parties in Davos? Heck, if the Iraq War didn’t exist, CNN would be doing reality shows by now.
I once heard ADM “Suffy” Smith say that Amampur gave him a very fair shake when he was in charge of operations in Bosnia.
He had just stepped out of a helo and she was going to interview him on some new situation that had happened when he was flying. He admitted that he hadn’t heard about it. She briefed him on what was going on and told him what questions she was going to ask and stuck to those questions when they went live.
Doesn’t say nuch about her actions now, but I thought I’d mention it to be fair.
Monkeyboy, “She briefed him” is the problem. Reporters don’t brief admirals or anyone they are going to interview. Apparantly in this case she didn’t mislead him but the potential was still there.
For the past few days you could see the press were just aching to morph Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt into Bill Stewart and interpreter Juan Espinosa.
On June 20, 1979 Stewart was traveling in a van in the capital city of Managua with his camera crew when they were stopped at a checkpoint run by the National Guard, the main force of President Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Both Stewart and Espinosa were murdered. The outrage bolstered the isolation of the Somoza government, and lead to it’s final collapse.
This time, of course, it was not the government planting IEDs, but the urge to isolate is still there.
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