Video: CNN reporter unloads on McCain for saying parts of Baghdad are safe

posted at 9:52 pm on March 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

The last time we saw Michael Ware he was tearing into the Democrats for setting an arbitrary timetable for withdrawal. This time it’s McCain’s turn for letting his enthusiasm for the surge carry him off into “Neverland.” I follow news from Iraq fairly closely and the nearest I’ve come in my reading to a neighborhood where the residents feel safe is this. Which is great news until you consider to whom and what they owe their safety.

I think both sides are well advised to avoid pronouncing on how the surge is going until we have a better idea of Sadr’s place in it. If the current quiet (which wasn’t so quiet today) is only at his sufferance, it’s a fleeting peace. If Roggio is right and we’re working on splitting a bunch of his men off in a ceasefire, it’s more substantial. Time will tell.

Until then, hope you like your humor black.


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Khadimiyah and Al Salaam are pretty safe.

Bryan on March 27, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for McCain’s chances in 08.

Benaiah on March 27, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Isn’t Michael Ware, um, embedded with the insurgents?

CP on March 27, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Well I don’t believe anything McCain says or anything CNN says so colour me neutral. But why are CNN obsessing over the failure in Iraq?

/Rhetorical question.

aengus on March 27, 2007 at 10:14 PM

Maverick!

JayHaw Phrenzie on March 27, 2007 at 10:16 PM

Crikey! Well, McCain says General Petraeus rides in an unarmed Humvee through some parts. Surely Petraeus must know – he’s the man in charge. Then Ware suggests “no way” and that he’s surrounded by armed Humvee’s and no one would last 20 minutes outside the green zone. I can’t help but think Wolf was baiting the topic by feigning balanced journalism in interjecting an alternative point about people going out to coffee shops. He remains the biggest tool on any news show I’ve seen. It’s too early to comment on the success of the surge with so many wild cards still in play.

thedecider on March 27, 2007 at 10:21 PM

“If the current quiet (which wasn’t so quiet today) is only at his sufferance, it’s a fleeting peace.”

Those incidents weren’t in Baghdad. Tal Afar is about as far away as you can get from Baghdad and still be in Iraq. The other incident was in Ramadi, a good ways away, sort of like the distance from Baltimore to Washington. So if someone goes on a killing spree in Baltimore, does that make a neighborhood in Alexandria unsafe?

That is the problem. People get no sense of scale of how far apart some of these incidents are. Even the “Baghdad Bodies” reports are misleading. They can be taken to look as if some pile of 10 or 15 or 30 bodes were found dumped on a street someplace. McClatchy has been recently publishing a breakdown and it is a lot more scattered than that. Two bodies in this district, one body in another, couple more in another district. It starts to be hard to sort out what is sectarian violence and what might be crime. What if two bodies were found in different parts of South Central LA? It would be just another night in South Central. Baghdad is about twice as large as Chicago with a population armed with AK-47′s in nearly every home. It is a wonder they don’t find more than two a night per district just over arguments about loud music.

Compare to greater Johannesburg that averages about 15 murders every day and there isn’t a war going on. People need to stop equating third world murder rates with those in the US as any gauge of “peace”. 15 a day in Baghdad might be the “normal” rate that settles in after everything settles down.

crosspatch on March 27, 2007 at 10:29 PM

Michael Ware should know about lack of credibility, he hasn’t had any for quite a while. He’s basically a glorified drama queen.

forged rite on March 27, 2007 at 10:33 PM

Hmmmm…but what does Michael Ware REALLY think?

asc85 on March 27, 2007 at 10:42 PM

McCain said some, certainly not all, but some. He was very clear on that and, in fact, repeated it. I am not a McCain fan, but this Ware guy is way too dramatic for me.

Glynn on March 27, 2007 at 10:46 PM

Me think he protests too much. Winning is not in CNN’s vocabulary.

rplat on March 27, 2007 at 10:47 PM

If I wouldn’t know better, I’d think that Steve Irwin was schnapsed, on an unusually low low, and was doing a lousy job on jungle-reporting. Or that this guy is his imposter, or wannabe.

Alas, no need to unrest our good friend Irwin.

I agree with not reporting on the surge, yet. In reality, while Iraq is not Nirvana or Berkeley yet, I know non-Muslim American civilians who’ve eaten out there, repeatedly, since 2003, March.

Entelechy on March 27, 2007 at 11:00 PM

“Michael, you’ve been there for, what, four years? You’re walking around Baghdad on a daily basis…”

Which clearly cannot be done.

Pablo on March 27, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Ask Michelle. Didn’t she do some walking around? I saw pictures of General P on foot patrol in Sadr City wearing a soft cap.

crosspatch on March 27, 2007 at 11:28 PM

First of all, I don’t think anyone should be talking about success in Iraq, because the second we see any, the Dems and the media will increase their efforts to force our failure and embolden the enemy, etc. For the sake of elections, the Dems and the media simply can’t allow their to be success. So, even though I know it’s impossible, we need to just let the job get done and not pump any successes.

Now did anyone else notice that Michael Ware didn’t have a single person from the military with him? No clip of him talking to troops? This is like the time NBC’s guy told us something about how the troops ALL told him they didn’t know why they were there, yet anyone who’s actually left their hotel has had the complete opposite to say, and we’ve heard and seen the reports both from bloggers and Fox anchors who visit.

Look I have no use for McCain… but this ware is really irritating. How does his little hissy fit do anything positive? Oh that’s right “free press”. Well you know what his freedom of the press just did? It emboldened the enemy. The enemy knows they can’t win militarily, but more importantly they recognize that perception back home in the United States is what matters when it comes to winning the overall war, and they see this crap and are emboldened to hang on just a little while longer.. make just a few more car bombs. Make just a few more chlorine bombs. Kill just a few thousand more civilians and the Democrats and American media will give them their promised victory.

As always, this is just sick.

As for the specifics. No, an American probably wouldn’t walk around unarmed checking out shops in Baghdad… because who knows who might be sympathetic to the enemy or who might have been promised money if they kill an American.

That’s not to say they couldn’t walk around for an hour or two and maybe be okay. I think my point is that an Iraqi could in most cases. It’s just that there is a lot riding on killing an American, so of course the street isn’t safe for them. Just like the street isn’t safe in certain gang neighborhoods, or even seemingly regular neighborhoods that might be part of someone else’s turf. But if you were wearing the right colors you’d be fine.

RightWinged on March 27, 2007 at 11:31 PM

(Reporting from inside the Green Zone}

“…. and all this can be yours for only $19.95, but WAIT, there’s more! If you buy my spin and vote Democratic, we have a 20 piece knife set, with a vegie peeler, and juicer for FREE!”

Blizter, “There’s more?” (mouth wide open to the camera)

“Yes, Wolfy, if you order (vote democrat) now, buy one (1), get a second one (1) for FREE!”

PinkyBigglesworth on March 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM

No, an American probably wouldn’t walk around unarmed checking out shops in Baghdad…
RightWinged on March 27, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Almost any large city in the U.S. has an area where you wouldn’t want to “walk around unarmed checking out shops”. Not saying Iraq isn’t more dangerous, but, come on! He makes it sound like it’s the only place on earth where you’ll find seedy characters, so then we must believe it’s chaos and civil war. Michael “The Conspiracy Hunter” Ware must know he’s over-exaggerated the situation. I, too, didn’t see anyone from the military offering to back up his assertions.

thedecider on March 27, 2007 at 11:43 PM

John McCain’s statement concerning the safety of parts of Baghdad was and is well justified. I understand that many conservatives have skepticism about John McCain, but it is not warranted at all with respect to the Iraq War. He does want us to win, but why should that discredit him? I find that a positive factor in his favor.

In contrast, CNN has an investment in defeat. That is why John McCain was attacked.

Phil Byler on March 27, 2007 at 11:47 PM

That reporter is such an arrogant butt

VinceP1974 on March 27, 2007 at 11:57 PM

CNN and it’s staff are become more and more transparent by the hour. When are they going to re-name their pathetic propaganda outlet to something more appropriate, without the word “news”?

Come to think of it, PPN would be fine: Pathetic Propaganda Outlet.

Geez!

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2007 at 1:06 AM

Noutlet!! Heh. PPO.

hillbillyjim on March 28, 2007 at 1:08 AM

I normally believe just the opposite of what comes out this guy’s mouth. He is not a reporter he is one of CNN’s actors.

d1carter on March 28, 2007 at 1:32 AM

Great pic on the front page for this one–that reporter looks totally unhinged.

aero on March 28, 2007 at 1:43 AM

Look at that beauty! Is it possible for an Aussie to talk on TV without sounding like he’s amped up on goofballs?

JackStraw on March 28, 2007 at 7:34 AM

I thought Steve Irwin was dead.

The Monster on March 28, 2007 at 8:25 AM

Wait, wait. Wolf says Ware is walking around Baghdad on a daily basis. Ware nods his head. Then Ware says its impossible for any Westerner to walk around Baghdad? Continuity.

amerpundit on March 28, 2007 at 8:32 AM

This is the same reporter who showed up drunk on Maher’s show trashing the war. He has an agenda and he seems to have a pipeline to the terrorists’ latest propaganda.

He is not credible.

Stormy70 on March 28, 2007 at 8:36 AM

I really try to have patience with Civilians… I really do… but sometimes… God… grant me more patience…

It’s like trying to explain music to the deaf.

Ringmaster on March 28, 2007 at 8:58 AM

I don’t claim to know much about Ware, but I will tell you this: he spends more time “outside the wire” than most journalists in Iraq. I don’t know what he says here (can’t play video from this PC), and don’t doubt his biases, but he is not reporting from a hotel bar in the Green Zone. He’s been there, on the ground, and he’s been there a while. He is not, as someone said, “an actor.”

Bob Owens on March 28, 2007 at 9:15 AM

I’m waiting for the pom poms to come out and hear a cheer from Michael Ware… “Yeeaaayyyyy Terrorists!!”

Zetterson on March 28, 2007 at 9:17 AM

underWare was very hard to hear with all the helicopters and the fierce gun battle in the background. Me thinks someone has a turd in their under WARE.

Wade on March 28, 2007 at 9:23 AM

ok, let’s put all the cr*p aside – are there really some safe areas in Baghdad, or is Ware correct? What is the truth?? does anyone here know with certainty if McCain is being forthright? I’m playing devil’s advocate here.

pullingmyhairout on March 28, 2007 at 9:33 AM

What is the truth??
ipullingmyhairout on March 28, 2007 at 9:33 AMt

The only way you will know the truth as you see it is to be there yourself. Other than that you have to read and listen to the reports from various outlets. Take a breath, add or subtract weight to what you have learned based on the agenda of the agenda of the messenger, then you decide what is the truth as you see it.

Example. Two historians write about a Civil War Battle in the USA. The two readings are quite different. What is the truth? When you look more into the authors you find one was a white southern man and the other a black northern man. Hardly think they would both see the same thing based on their frame of reference.

Wade on March 28, 2007 at 9:45 AM

This is also the reporter who had the video with the sniper shooting American soldiers fall into his lap. He is out walking past the green zone because he is trusted to get the latest terrorists’ view on things out there. Sorry, he distributed the war porn of the enemy to a wide audience. He has an agenda, and it stinks.

Stormy70 on March 28, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Michael Ware’s point is well-taken – no Westerner could walk around Baghdad safely. Maybe Iraqi militia members have more freedom of movement.

On this issue, Ware has all the credibility, and McCain’s just another assclown politician. Hopefully this drives more voters to Fred!

Enrique on March 28, 2007 at 10:50 AM

On this issue, Ware has all the credibility, and McCain’s just another assclown politician. Hopefully this drives more voters to Fred!

What do did you use to determine Ware’s credibility? I have tried to find some credible work he has done but can not find any. I agree being a politician does question McCain’s.

Wade on March 28, 2007 at 11:20 AM

(Reporting from inside the Green Zone}

“…. and all this can be yours for only $19.95, but WAIT, there’s more! If you buy my spin and vote Democratic, we have a 20 piece knife set, with a vegie peeler, and juicer for FREE!”

Blizter, “There’s more?” (mouth wide open to the camera)

“Yes, Wolfy, if you order (vote democrat) now, buy one (1), get a second one (1) for FREE!”

PinkyBigglesworth on March 27, 2007 at 11:41 PM

It’s GOLD Jerry, GOLD!

silenced majority on March 28, 2007 at 3:32 PM

I was waiting for Ware to pull out a gator mate??

iam7545 on April 1, 2007 at 7:16 PM

I was waiting for Ware to pull out a croc and start screaming – Jihad Jihad

iam7545 on April 1, 2007 at 7:17 PM