Monday, March 24, 2008

One journalist’s assessment of Iraq



Bill Maher interviews Michael Ware on Real Time. Ware reports from Baghdad for CNN. He is one of the only mainstream reporters to have lived in Baghdad near-continuously since before the American invasion and has gained early acclaim as one of the few reporters to establish contacts with the Kurdish Peshmerga and the Iraqi insurgency. He is known for his stark assessments of conditions on the ground and his repudiation of the overly-optimistic assessments sometimes made by politicians.

Whether or not you agree with all his conclusions his comments about his on-the-ground observations are worth listening to.

2 comments:

Paul H said...

National Public Radio's Anne Garrels has done some great on the ground reporting from Iraq. She was there during the invasion and still files regular reports with NPR.

She did a wonderful report a few months back of 3 young Americans who volunteered to return to Iraq and serve in small villages as military liasons. They had already severed several tours and had been discharged. The returned out of compassion for the Iraqi people and a desire to give them a chance at a better future. I often wonder what happened to them.

I'll send you the link if I can find it.

Paul H said...

Here's the story. It's very moving.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15600609