Video: The military’s showing me what they want me to see, says Couric

posted at 9:45 pm on September 2, 2007 by Allahpundit

Well, no kidding. They’re not going to torpedo the morale of their own troops by taking her on a corpse tour of Baghdad. We all know it’s still going on — less so in Baghdad but more so in other areas as the jihadis fan out to avoid the surge — so why the left thinks they’d use their time with her to reiterate it is beyond me.

She also says Petraeus seems to be planning an upbeat progress report for next week. Again, no kidding.

I’ve got a bunch of interesting Iraq links for you but partly out of holiday-weekend laziness and partly out of a simple inability to stitch them all together into some overarching theme, I’m just going to point you to them and let you pick and choose from the smorgasboard as you prefer. The one epic piece of the bunch is Michael Gordon’s look at how the insurgency flipped in Anbar to supporting the U.S. against Al Qaeda. Bush has been leaning on Maliki for months to capitalize on the trend by making a conciliatory gesture towards the Sunnis; here’s what he finally came up with. The counterpoint to that, and the one must-read among what I’m giving you, is this Newsweek piece about the Shiite offensive within Baghdad. One of the reasons the body count is down inside the city is because there simply aren’t many Sunnis left to fight on. They’ve been pushed out by the Mahdi Army with the help of the Iraqi police and the silent complicity of Maliki’s Shiite government. With the Sunnis gone, the Shia have turned their guns on American soldiers and, of course, on each other, and not just in Baghdad. Another aide to Ayatollah Sistani was assassinated yesterday in Basra, presumably by the Sadrists given Sistani’s alliance with Sadr’s rival, SCIRI. There’s been open warfare among the various Shiite mafia families in Basra for months; the Brits finally threw up their hands today and pulled out of their last base in the city, reportedly to Bush’s great disgust.

The sectarian and intrasectarian battles will resolve themselves one way or another eventually but the problem most endemic to Arab governments remains:

What kinds of crimes are we talking about? How serious is this corruption?

If you believe the report, and you listen to people who work at these ministries, you get the impression that corruption is completely sapping the country’s resources. I had a long talk this afternoon with someone who works at the Ministry of Interior — that’s the department that supervises all of Iraq’s police forces. And he told me that it’s corrupt from top to bottom — that officials at the top of the pile are making money from things like contracts to buy equipment. One example of that was that a top official got a contract to buy armored vests for the police. And when the vests arrived, they were much cheaper quality than the ones he was paid to deliver.

Bill Ardolino at INDC Journal wrote about corruption in Anbar at some length when he embedded in Fallujah over the winter. He’s back in Fallujah now. Stay tuned for a progress report of his own sometime this month.


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The city looks like a third world country.” Katie Couric, on Baghdad

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 9:49 PM

ps- link, beetches.

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 9:50 PM

Heh.

I actually clipped out the first minute, it was so useless. “Hey, did you know that Anbar province is much safer than it used to be? It’s true!” Thanks, Katie.

Allahpundit on September 2, 2007 at 9:50 PM

I’m glad she went. Spending some time interacting with our nations finest won’t hurt her.

Spirit of 1776 on September 2, 2007 at 9:51 PM

She subliminally is screaming she’d rather be in the Hamptons.

On the upside, we don’t have to relive the multimedia assault suffered through last year at this time promoting this imbecile coming to CBS.

How’d that work out?

JammieWearingFool on September 2, 2007 at 9:55 PM

She looks very dejected. That’s good news.

Harpoon on September 2, 2007 at 9:56 PM

I actually clipped out the first minute, it was so useless. “Hey, did you know that Anbar province is much safer than it used to be? It’s true!” Thanks, Katie.

Man, why would you want to? Her blog is a freaking gold mine.

CONCRETE REIGNS SUPREME!

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 9:59 PM

Maybe she can get an Iraqi Doctor to do a colonoscopy on here and then compare and contrast with the one she had done in America. No video though please.

MB4 on September 2, 2007 at 9:59 PM

Les Moonves insisted that she make the trip. If things go right there it would get CBS out of that onerous contract with that haggard hater of America.

TheSitRep on September 2, 2007 at 10:01 PM

Man, why would you want to? Her blog is a freaking gold mine.

CONCRETE REIGNS SUPREME!

She’s only there to prove she’s a “serious” news person. It’s not a fact finding mission at all the way Michelle’s and Bryan’s trip to Hurriya re: Jamil Hussein was. I don’t mean to knock her for it — it takes balls to go, whatever the reason — but it’d be nice if she could drop the pretense that it’s something more than it is.

Allahpundit on September 2, 2007 at 10:03 PM

She subliminally is screaming she’d rather be in the Hamptons.

How do we know that she isn’t? Seriously, listen to that clip and point out to me anything she said that she couldn’t have said in front of a green screen with the “rat” talking points. Truth is that sending Katie to Iraq is nothing but a PR stunt by CBS to shore up lagging ratings here at home. Couric isn’t there to report, she is there to spout the same old crap but now she’ll start each DNC talking point with- “when I was in Iraq.”

highhopes on September 2, 2007 at 10:11 PM

She’s only there to prove she’s a “serious” news person. It’s not a fact finding mission at all the way Michelle’s and Bryan’s trip to Hurriya re: Jamil Hussein was. I don’t mean to knock her for it — it takes balls to go, whatever the reason — but it’d be nice if she could drop the pretense that it’s something more than it is.

Yah okay true. But yes, while it takes guts, she’s making it sound like she’s in perpetual danger of being felled by an IED. Her comments on Route Irish? Yeesh, we cleared that turf what? 3 years ago?

And the “crazy/bravery” of the NBC team there, who lives comfortably in the Green Zone? Gag.

I understand I’m being a bit of a hard-on here, but I just hate journalists who focus on how brave they are while ignoring the men in the mud.

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 10:11 PM

It looked like a stumbling attempt for relevance. It was sad to watch.

Dork B. on September 2, 2007 at 10:11 PM

CBS team, I mean. Meh.

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 10:12 PM

Welcome to Point/Counterpoint enjoy!

sonnyspats1 on September 2, 2007 at 10:19 PM

is it just me, or does everything that comes out of her mouth suspect?

CrimsonFisted on September 2, 2007 at 10:34 PM

Send an email to a Sailor or Marine in Iraq

bnelson44 on September 2, 2007 at 10:35 PM

Man, why would you want to? Her blog is a freaking gold mine.

CONCRETE REIGNS SUPREME!

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 9:59 PM

You aren’t kidding.

It’s ironic that I was in New Orleans last week, which seems like nirvana compared to Baghdad. You can’t help but wonder if this place will survive, much less thrive. Meanwhile, all U.S. and Iraqi soldiers patrolling the streets have my renewed respect and appreciation. One-hundred-and-ten degrees with full-body armor and heavy uniforms. I don’t know how they do it. But they do, and we should be grateful.

JammieWearingFool on September 2, 2007 at 10:36 PM

CrimsonFisted,

I think she is acting for a different audience than us. I think she is trying to prove herself to her critics in the media.

I wouldn’t expect any real positive news to come out of her reports, that would not be part of the script she is so desperately trying to adhere to.

bnelson44 on September 2, 2007 at 10:36 PM

What was the purpose of adding Katie Couric into the post if you were just going to say “Duh, Katie, we already know that”?

Nonfactor on September 2, 2007 at 10:39 PM

Is it just me, or does she look like a man? I thought I almost got a whiff of Katie B-O. A clear attempt to try to masculinize the perky cream puff. One more try before she gets her walking papers I suppose.

warriorlawyer on September 2, 2007 at 10:40 PM

What was the purpose of adding Katie Couric into the post if you were just going to say “Duh, Katie, we already know that”?

Because some of the lefty sites like Iraqslogger and Raw Story are touting what she said about the military showing her what they want her to see as some sort of big admission. So, here you go. Judge for yourself.

Allahpundit on September 2, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Yah okay true. But yes, while it takes guts, she’s making it sound like she’s in perpetual danger of being felled by an IED.

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 10:11 PM

She is probably better protected over there than you or I are over here.

MB4 on September 2, 2007 at 10:57 PM

I was at someone’s house when she came on tonight and thought I misheard. Did she actually say “the enemy, if you will?” My jaw dropped. And I just wanted to see if I heard right. It was evening news and I haven’t found a clip yet.

PowWow on September 2, 2007 at 10:58 PM

What was the purpose of adding Katie Couric into the post if you were just going to say “Duh, Katie, we already know that”?

Because, concrete reigns supreme.

Think about it, Cletus.

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 10:58 PM

Either Couric’s makeup crew in Iraq is extremely horrible, or the soldiers wanted to give Katie a good hazing. I hope its B.

BKennedy on September 2, 2007 at 10:59 PM

PowWow on September 2, 2007 at 10:58 PM

The reporter, if you will, said, “the enemy, if you will”?

MB4 on September 2, 2007 at 11:01 PM

“The city looks like a third world country.” Katie Couric, on Baghdad

John from OPFOR on September 2, 2007 at 9:49 PM

Um, Couric, Duh!!!! It’s Baghdad. It’s Iraq. Of course it’s a third world country. It’s always been a third world country. I’m cynical enough to think it always will be.

mjk on September 2, 2007 at 11:06 PM

The safest place in the world is anywhere that you’re surrounded by American Soldiers … unless you’re a terrorist, then it’s the most *dangerous* place in the world.

Tony737 on September 2, 2007 at 11:13 PM

She also says Petraeus seems to be planning an upbeat progress report for next week. Again, no kidding.

Could this be a clue?
Her goal being to as best she can, sabotage the Petraeus report?

Speakup on September 2, 2007 at 11:18 PM

The military’s showing me what they want me to see, says Couric

Someone needs to show her the door.

reaganaut on September 2, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Ha HA HA …. she’s got a over the bolder shoulder holder in view.
That’s Hala-whatever

Kini on September 2, 2007 at 11:31 PM

Things are bad in Basra because the british lied to us and woosed out. They have left a mess that we will have to clean up. Everyone thought the Iranian/british incident of the spring was just an anomaly, but it appears to be the norm with the british military. They no longer have the backbone to fight the good fight. We have to elect a president that is willing to take the fight to the third world/islamists who want to defeat the west now because if we wait much longer we might have the same mentality as the british, roll over and submit.

peacenprosperity on September 2, 2007 at 11:36 PM

We have fought the third world and old world for the entire existance of our country. it remains to be seen if our citizens still have the intelligence, understanding, vision and enlightenment to understand that it is us at the forehead of world progress and enlightenment and we have to fight for the foothold.

peacenprosperity on September 2, 2007 at 11:40 PM

She is the ugliest person on broadcast TV evar.

Neo on September 2, 2007 at 11:45 PM

Things are bad in Basra because the british lied to us and woosed out. They have left a mess that we will have to clean up.

peacenprosperity on September 2, 2007 at 11:36 PM

I have a different view. I believe that Mohammad left a mess and no one can really clean it up.

MB4 on September 2, 2007 at 11:46 PM

at the forehead of world progress and enlightenment and we have to fight for the foothold.

peacenprosperity on September 2, 2007 at 11:40 PM

Headon.. apply directly to the forehead.

Bradky on September 2, 2007 at 11:47 PM

I have a different view. I believe that Mohammad left a mess and no one can really clean it up.

MB4 on September 2, 2007 at 11:46 PM

No on can clean it up. we have to fight it and defend ourselves. They time for winning hearts and minds was a 100 years ago and no one can be fualted foir not having that foresight.

peacenprosperity on September 2, 2007 at 11:55 PM

It’s about a week to the anniversary of Sept. 11 and nobody cares, just another day now. We’ll probably hear a whole lot about hurricane katrina on 9-11, but i doubt we’ll hear much about the terrorist attacks. In six short years we’ve gone from a proud country ready to take on all enemies, to a self loathing country racing to surrender at any cost.

On the bright side, Katie the ditz is getting reamed by all her loyal “i hate America more than you do” dingbat viewers on the comments at her blog (linked to by John from OPFOR above).

forged rite on September 2, 2007 at 11:56 PM

Katie looks like a mini Hulk Hogan wannabe with an under-developed chest.

infidel4life on September 2, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Yup,I love that phrase What the United States Military wants me to see.
Here’s the kicker tho, she went to the market,and seen
real people in their daily activities.With no actors.

But,propaganists,and terrorists are also showing what
they want journalists to SEE.Say like the airstrike
damage that didn’t exist in Lebanon.

I wonder who Katie thinks is more creditable!

canopfor on September 3, 2007 at 12:05 AM

Aside from being a brainless, kneejerk leftist, she is a short fat yankee women.

peacenprosperity on September 3, 2007 at 12:23 AM

woman

peacenprosperity on September 3, 2007 at 12:23 AM

She would actually look better (and authentic) wearing an Islamic veil.

infidel4life on September 3, 2007 at 12:52 AM

What? She’s complaining that she saw things return to normal for many Iraqis and that a “upbeat” progress report on the surge is planned?

Sorry to disappoint you but things are betting better and a upbeat progress report is planned because there are upbeat things to report you dumb…. gah, liberal media is so darn frustrating.

Yakko77 on September 3, 2007 at 1:01 AM

So, she’s not proud of our servicemen because of the great job their doing and providing her continued freedom, but she’s proud they can wear heavy gear and withstand the hot temperatures.

I have the understanding that pork products are forbidden in Muslim countries.

Helloyawl on September 3, 2007 at 1:32 AM

She’s only there to prove she’s a “serious” news person. It’s not a fact finding mission at all the way Michelle’s and Bryan’s trip to Hurriya re: Jamil Hussein was. I don’t mean to knock her for it — it takes balls to go, whatever the reason — but it’d be nice if she could drop the pretense that it’s something more than it is.

Allahpundit on September 2, 2007 at 10:03 PM

If she was really a serious newsperson, she’d hop in a Humvee and go on patrol while she is here. Have her pop over to Daura (Doura, Dora… whichever spelling du jour it is) some afternoon, preferably just after prayer time around lunch. That’s when we seem to get our daily S.A.F.

Texas Nick 77 on September 3, 2007 at 1:35 AM

Sadly, her ratings trends show most people wont see her squinting and running her ignorant mouth.

Get on some body armor, and take a ride with the patrols, dummy.

Black Adam on September 3, 2007 at 2:27 AM

I suggest she leave behind her military escort and tour the country on her own. It would be a win – win situation for all parties.

Zaire67 on September 3, 2007 at 2:33 AM

I was surprised, she wasn’t that anti-military or defeatist. She did say we’re only showing her what we want, but she finished with the nice “troops are doing a great job under difficult circumstances’ line.

Most journalists are less stridently anti-military while they’re actually here though. We’ll see what she says when she returns.

Jason on September 3, 2007 at 6:41 AM

Is she wearing one of those bald mask thingys they use in hollywood?

ajmontana on September 3, 2007 at 8:07 AM

A pity she is not in Daura at the momnt…. we are having a bit of S.A.F. right now. “Come on, Katie… join the fun over here.”

Texas Nick 77 on September 3, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Keeping my head down inside the office…. “moment”.

Texas Nick 77 on September 3, 2007 at 8:17 AM

Most journalists are less stridently anti-military while they’re actually here though. We’ll see what she says when she returns.

Jason on September 3, 2007 at 6:41 AM

Thats because most journalists are morally corrupt unethical cowards. They dont say the same kinds of things about the troops when the troops are protecting them because they are afraid to say that $hit to the troops faces and they are afraid because make the mistake of assuming that our troops are of similar or equal moral and ethical stature as themselves.

In other words they dont say $hit in front of the troops because if their positions were reversed and someone else were to say the $hit they are saying back home to their face while they were the troops, that person wouldn’t make it back home alive.

What they dont understand is that our troops are way better people than they are. Our troops might politely correct them, but never stop defending them or kill them because they said what they said.

doriangrey on September 3, 2007 at 8:24 AM

peacenprosperity:

British tactics, not the soldiers on the ground, are to blame for the debacle in Southern Iraq. Senior military and the politicians decided the Iraqis were free and could look after themselves the moment they arrived.

The only time they took on anyone in the towns was when four Brit special forces guys were picked up by the police and were handed over to the ratbags.

davod on September 3, 2007 at 8:26 AM

“That’s what the US military wants me to see”

I wonder,,, has she ever been quoted during the nightly news even one time,, anything similar to “That’s what the terrorists want us to see.”

JellyToast on September 3, 2007 at 8:30 AM

What is going to happen now is…every death will be reported as one due to military action…even if wasn’t even remotely related.

tomas on September 3, 2007 at 8:56 AM

She will be the typical “Green Zone Journalist.” Repeating things she hears from her contacts via phone calls.

(Things are quiet again here. Amazing how that happens when the Apaches swing by.)

Texas Nick 77 on September 3, 2007 at 9:45 AM

If it bothers you so much, Katie, that you’re only seeing what the military wants you to see, then try being a journalist rather than a news-reader and go dig for the news yourself.

I’m sure there’s a bunch of stringers on A.Q.’s payroll who’d love to give you the bad news you’re hungering for.

Dave Shay on September 3, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Perky Katie remains well dressed, hair pulled back (probably a bit tooooo tight though), and in the shade. Now look between the words of drivel.

She praises those in military that have to suffer in triple digit heat wearing their uniforms proudly as their presence has allowed Iraqies of all faith to open up for the day. (Unlike MM and crew who wore the uniform and body armor proudly as they filmed and interviewed those that helped protect freedom of the east and west.

While, Perky Katie is not seen with the troops. She sends her camera personnel into the heat and protection of the military-while she sits in her comfy trailer to write the script to the questions “Face the Nation (Facts never)” sent to her in advance and the captions to the clips provided by those she sent into harms way provided for her.

MSGTAS on September 3, 2007 at 10:27 AM

This is the first time that I have ever watched perky Katie. Does she always talk out of the right side of her mouth?

Sandbar on September 3, 2007 at 11:17 AM

She remind anyone else of Miss Teen South Carolina? Loved the end where she voices her profound respect for the troops thing, right after the crack about the military showing her only what they want her to see. She must support the troops but not the mission. She sets women back centuries. What a complete dumb ass….

JWS on September 3, 2007 at 11:47 AM

Michelle was being a lady when she “held her fire” over Couric.

Sad to say, Couric lived up to my expectation: She’s a lying, leftist a-hole with sh*t for brains.

georgej on September 3, 2007 at 11:53 AM

This idiot could spin 10 plates, baked cookies, hum the national anthem and screeeam “look at me!” in a public place and I’d still ignore her. She’s a lefty harpy.

tickleddragon on September 3, 2007 at 12:19 PM

The Army took her to the bright spots because the MSM will only take us to the blight and misery spots….

This is a sincere question; how does this war end? There are billions of Muslims who are willing to fight and fight and fight and fight and they are all over…how do we end this war finally?

CCRWM on September 3, 2007 at 2:12 PM

A pity she is not in Daura at the momnt…. we are having a bit of S.A.F. right now. “Come on, Katie… join the fun over here.”

Texas Nick 77 on September 3, 2007 at 8:16 AM

Keep your head down mate. . .Katie’s not going anywhere
out of the green zone. She’s not dumb, Just a lefty.
She almost sounds like she’s cheering on the troops and the insurgents at the same time. .

“Stay safe Nick “

Texyank on September 3, 2007 at 2:50 PM

truly a pathetic tool just trying to save her job.

Mojack420 on September 3, 2007 at 4:11 PM

I question the ratings concerns timing

Wade on September 3, 2007 at 8:28 PM

“Seemed to be thriving” “Seemed to be safe” That’s right Katie, don’t trust your own eyes. It’s a Bush cover up. By the way, is the word ‘rather’ banned from the Communist Broakcasting System? “Going up ROTHER than down”
Maybe she should be taken on a little trip to see what the “US military isn’t showing me”. Give her a little taste of what our military is going through to give peace, health and a few soccer balls to Iraqis.
Or, is she just pissed her hair stylist couldn’t make the trip?

oakpack on September 3, 2007 at 8:30 PM

If you believe the report, and you listen to people who work at these ministries, you get the impression that corruption is completely sapping the country’s resources.

Are we talking about Louisiana here?

The military’s showing me what they want me to see, says Couric

Hmm, just like CBS shows us what they want us to see. Funny how things work out huh?

Mojave Mark on September 3, 2007 at 9:28 PM

…”that’s what they want me to see…”

The mark of a professional journalist.

/sarcasm

MsUnderestimated on September 3, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Does she play the kazoo, too?

profitsbeard on September 4, 2007 at 1:47 AM

The fact that Katie Couric is even still on CBS is a testament to that station’s pathetically wishful thinking that sooner or later, things are going to get better. And they will. Just as soon as CBS finally and mercifully cuts her loose.

pilamaye on September 4, 2007 at 6:04 AM