Video: Ware says pullout would be “giving Iraq to Iran … and al Qaeda”

posted at 2:40 pm on April 26, 2007 by Ian


CNN Baghdad correspondent Michael Ware and anchor Kyra Phillips joined Kiran Chetry on American Morning to discuss their recent trip to Iraq. Towards the end, Chetry wondered if America pulling out of Iraq would “help the situation.” Neither Ware nor Phillips appear to think anything of that idea, with Ware saying pulling out would hand “Iraq to Iran…and al Qaeda.”

Will liberal bloggers who constantly swoon over Ware post about this?

Transcript:

KYRA PHILLIPS: It would be a disaster. I mean, I had a chance to sit down with the Minister of Defense, to General Petraeus, to Admiral Fallon, head of CENTCOM. I asked them all the question whether Iraqi or U.S. military — there is no way U.S. troops could pull out. It would be a disaster. They’re doing too much training, they’re helping the Iraqis not only with security, but trying to get the government up and running. I mean, this is a country of ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ there’s so much corruption still. If the U.S. military left — they have rules of engagement, they have an idea, a focus. It would be a disaster.

MICHAEL WARE: Well, even more than that, if you just wanted to look at it purely in terms of American national interest, if U.S. troops leave now, you’re giving Iraq to Iran, a member of President Bush’s ‘Axis of Evil,’ and al Qaeda. That’s who will own it. And so, coming back now, I’m struck by the nature of the debate on Capitol Hill, how delusional it is. Whether you’re for this war, or against it; whether you’ve supported the way it’s been executed, or not; it doesn’t matter. You’ve broke it, you’ve got to fix it now. You can’t leave, or it’s going to come and blow back on America.

(hat tip: Newsbusters)


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Wow. Amazing. I’ve never seen it put in such stark terms on the likes of CNN.

Some people get it. Heartening.

Citizen Duck on April 26, 2007 at 2:50 PM

This is CNN?

Are any of the Delusional House and/or Senate Democrats listening?

Perhaps the Presidential Candidates (D) will have to cancel all debate appearances on CNN?

Oxybeles on April 26, 2007 at 2:51 PM

*blink blink*

CNN?

fluffy on April 26, 2007 at 2:51 PM

What a nice man. I’ll bake him a cupcake.

Ringmaster on April 26, 2007 at 2:53 PM

That guy is still a nut. He needs som Rest and Relaxation.

tomas on April 26, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Will liberal bloggers who constantly swoon over Ware post about this?

Michael Ware tortured and brainwashed by Cheney’s goons in 5… 4… 3… 2…

CliffHanger on April 26, 2007 at 2:58 PM

I’m struck by the nature of the debate on Capitol Hill, how delusional it is.

Well, Harry said the war was lost. Even if he hasn’t spoken with anyone who has been there, he knows it to be true.

Ware must be mistaken.

BacaDog on April 26, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Hmm, well we know Ware is highly critical of whats going on in Iraq now. And here we see he realizes our leaving would be a bad idea. So what exactly is he looking to see happen there? Is he for more troops or?

Dash on April 26, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Ware is a total crackpot, but if he sticks with this line, he’ll at least be somewhat useful.

Bad Candy on April 26, 2007 at 3:01 PM

Will liberal bloggers who constantly swoon over Ware post about this?

No.

benrand on April 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Some of you guys seem to forget this guy generally is a leftist screwball, so don’t get too excited…

Bad Candy on April 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Will liberal bloggers who constantly swoon over Ware post about this?

Let’s try this again.

No.

benrand on April 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Some of you guys seem to forget this guy generally is a leftist screwball, so don’t get too excited…

Bad Candy on April 26, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Yes, that’s what makes his statement so remarkable.

James on April 26, 2007 at 3:07 PM

That was almost disorienting coming from Ware and CNN.

Rather than answer questions on body counts and day-to-day levels of security, Ware got to unload on the topic of a full-scale withdrawl and what the results would be. The “No way!” from Phillips was great!

Hit pause.
Place Senator Reid between Ware and Phillips.
Hit play.

Graybark on April 26, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Ummmm…can we show more of Kiran Chetry next time?

Please?

asc85 on April 26, 2007 at 3:34 PM

Apparently, at least in Ware’s case, alcohol appears to leave the strategy center of the brain alone as it destroys those areas dealing with intelligence, wisdom, and propriety.

db on April 26, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Okay, so I guess we like Ware again now that he’s telling us what we want to hear?

Enrique on April 26, 2007 at 4:22 PM

A better question is, will pulling out lead to a sunni/shia war?

PRCalDude on April 26, 2007 at 4:24 PM

Here’s the biggest question yet: Is that man’s nose squarely on the side of his face or what?

unamused on April 26, 2007 at 4:37 PM

You can’t leave, or it’s going to come and blow back on America.

The problem with the Dems is that they just don’t get that concept. It’s as if they think that out of sight, out of mind – that everything will just fix itself when we leave Iraq. Oh, and Dems, the rest of the world will blame us and hate us even more (and we all know how much that means to you).

Rick on April 26, 2007 at 5:16 PM

Didn’t every one hate this guy a few weeks ago because he (unfounded) laughed a St. McCain.

Ware’s position has been this for a long time. Strangely though whomever brought this up was beaten down with cries of liar.

harry on April 26, 2007 at 6:22 PM

I miss Kiran Chetry wish she was still on FN, why did she go to the dark side?

americaslaststand on April 26, 2007 at 7:09 PM

Too bad very few never watch CNN to see this and it will never be repeated except on blogs and will die very fast. What he said is the Truth and there are a few who know it is and are just burying thier heads in the sand or holding thier ears in defiance. It is a shame.

bones47 on April 26, 2007 at 7:27 PM

Yes, Harry we all poop pooped this guy a few weeks ago because what he did was disprespectful and he told that lefty fool on HBO that he was drunk most of the time (but that didn’t get a lot of play either). I don’t watch CNN so I don’t know what his positions are other than his laughing at McCain and his showing the Troop Snuff tape.
I am surprised that this is his position.

Catie96706 on April 26, 2007 at 7:49 PM

Okay, so I guess we like Ware again now that he’s telling us what we want to hear?

Enrique on April 26, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Who’s “we”, dude? And as for Ware, a stopped clock is correct more often than he is

Janos Hunyadi on April 26, 2007 at 7:57 PM

Phillips and Ware are simply stating what everyone should understand would be the consequences of withdrawal. There is a disconnect beween the politics of Washington D.C. and the real world.

Phil Byler on April 26, 2007 at 7:58 PM

This is just a Communist New Network tactic to fool people into thinking that CNN isnt for the defeat of America……….

Rock on…………..

doriangrey on April 26, 2007 at 9:22 PM

New tagline:

CNN: even a broken clock is right twice a day

Black Adam on April 26, 2007 at 10:11 PM

Ware is borderline anti-American, and he is strongly liberal, but apparently journalistic integrity to the obvious trumps carrying Harry Reid’s water.

High marks to him, for honesty to a conclusion you cannot avoid reaching if you actually analyze the situation.

Freelancer on April 26, 2007 at 10:11 PM