SHOUTY AUSTRALIAN JOINS CNN

My old Time pal Michael Ware lands a fine new job:

Michael Ware, the TIME magazine Baghdad bureau chief who gained renown for in-depth coverage of the insurgency in Iraq, will join CNN as a correspondent based in Baghdad, it was announced today by Tony Maddox, senior vice president of international newsgathering operations.

I think at least one other US network was also chasing him. Whatever you make of Ware’s dubious perspectives on Iraq, there’s at least one massive positive here: with Ware in Baghdad, CNN will never revert to Eason Jordan-eraconcerns over government access—for the simple reason that Ware couldn’t care less about government access. Which (generally) is a good thing. I look forward to his coverage of the insurgency’s extinction.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/31/2006 at 09:49 AM
    1. Same vulture, same meat. Only the flight pattern is different.

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 2006 05 31 at 10:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. He keeps repeating himself.

      Afghanistan or Iraq-same response from Ware.  I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for him to report on the insurgency’s demise.

      Posted by 91B30 on 2006 05 31 at 10:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for him to report on the insurgency’s demise.

      But, oh, how delicious if he is forced to.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 31 at 03:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have no doubt Ware will delight in reporting of the “insurgency’s demise”, when and if that ever happens/

      The news is that according to the quaterly Pentagon report, insurgent attacks in Iraq at highest level in 2 years, and that the insuirgency will continue well into 2007.

      Basra is in a state of emergency.

      The predictions of a pullback of troops from Iraq by Blair and Bush have been canned, and 1500 more troops are being sent to Iraq from Kuwait.

      Iraq has turned so many corners it has come full circle.

      Posted by Addamo on 2006 05 31 at 10:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 Addamo,
      As you seem to consider yourself the Font Of All Knowledge, perhaps you could enlighten the rest of us as to how peace and stability can be achieved in the Middle East( with no loss of life, and fully costed). Just talking to you is ignoring my own advice, so please make it worth my while.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 01 at 01:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, Addamo, with Iran pouring agents, arms and money into Iraq to overthrow its democratic government things are hot there in Basra.  Are you familiar with the concept of an “active sanctuary”?  However since I always thought it would take at least ten years to midwife a halfway decent, consensual government in Iraq I’m not losing heart.  One of the reasons for the Iraa Campagn is that the alternative strategies in fighting the War on the Islamist Terrorists are likely to be much messier and very much bloodier, especially for Muslims, than the strategy that emphasizes reform of the dysfunctional Arab/Persian political cultures.  Like Dubya I want to avoid that messier and bloodier war.

      Of course from my point of view Iraq is the right war at the wrong time.  We should have done it in 1991.  We might well be done by now and the good effects of an Arab and Kurdish democracy with a prosperous, entrepreneural economy already being felt in the region.  The more I see of Iraq and also of other problem areas like North Korea, the more I am convinced that Douglas MacArthur was right when he said that in war there is no substitute for victory.  Cut-and-run is no substitute for victory in Iraq.

      American defeat in Iraq will give an enormous boost to the jihadis’ and to the Iranian Mullahs’ plans for their respective visions of worldwide caliphates ruled by a totalitarian form of Islam (then they can settle the Sunni-Shi’a argument over who should have been caliph in the 7th Century with nukes).  I see the cut-and-run defeatism of the Democrats, and the enthusiasm for an American defeat of so many in Europe and among the left here in the USA, as remarkably stupid and shortsighted bad ideas.  I foresee them leading among other bad things to increased terrorism and to the collapse of democracy in many countries around the world and its replacement by a more..ah…muscular form of government in many countries, not excluding Western ones.  This is what the lefties hostile to America want, aspiring as they do to wear Orwell’s boot stamping on a human face, forever.  They are misguided, for the boot will be worn by an Islamist or a rightist like Haider or Le Pen, not by them.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 06 01 at 01:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. 4. It must be Vulture Day. Carreon my wayward son.

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 2006 06 01 at 02:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Carrion.

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 2006 06 01 at 03:01 PM • permalink

 

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