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CNN Reporter: Iraq Update ‘Frighteningly Disappointing’

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Posted on Apr 9, 2008
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The questions leveled by Senate members at Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus during Tuesday’s update session about Iraq failed to make the grade for Michael Ware, CNN’s “Situation Room” correspondent. Ware declared the session “frighteningly disappointing,” telling host Wolf Blitzer, “I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

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By Margaret Currey, April 11, 2008 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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The war might have begun for oil, but I believe the war started because Bush/Chaney lucked out by having 9/11 then they did not need an excuse for war, I knew that no matter what Bush/Chaney would start a war.

The bonus of a war was Bush could have war powers, it seems that Chaney wanted the presidency run like Bush being more like King George the I.

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By bozhidar bob balkas, April 10, 2008 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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adding some observaions to yours. only the ruling class knows what it wants in or from iraq, the rest of us, perforce, guess. my guess is that US ruling class invaded iraq not for oil (it flowed freely) nor because of saddam but solely for real estate that will serve (remember, i’m still on inferential and not on factual level) as a stepping stone to all ‘stans and mongolia and the long US trek (now in its second century) ends at chinese wall. it’s probable that US wants to utterly destroy all isms and chinese socialism with great gusto.
if this analyses be valid, US doesn’t have to attack syria nor iran; deeming destrution of china a priority. it’s not just very and super rich amers who want to destroy all socialism but also most rich people of the world.
i also expect that US or IOF will attack Iran only when it is about to make a bomb or when they obtain one. now, having proof, rich americans and zionists would be jubilant. can you imagine how much they would crow about saving the world and being right? thank you

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By P. T., April 10, 2008 at 9:40 am Link to this comment

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By P. T., April 10, 2008 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

Iraq’s Maliki and Iran’s Ahmadinejad have been good friends for years.  Ware and Bush try to pretend Ahmadinejad is trying to overthrow Maliki.  Maliki knows that’s bunk—an excuse for failures by Bush.

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By DennisD, April 10, 2008 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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“I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

That’s taxpayers oxygen($$$)and more peoples lives.

Neither one is of concern to anyone at the latest corporate meeting aka congressional hearing as long as there’s a profit to be made.

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By jkoch, April 10, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment
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The problem is that not a single senator, representative, or surviving WH candidate will say,

“OK.  The occupation is not proceeding well.  Withdrawal will present risks.  If Crocker is right, maybe even dire hazards, but no one offers any proof that the outlook will change in 12, 24, or even 48 months.  Meanwhile, lives perish and dollars burn.  So let’s fold our hand, cut losses, and get out.  No matter what licks we have to take, they will hurt less now than in 2012 or 2108.  As for Iran, maybe it would not be such a bad thing to let them get bogged in Iraqi nation-building.  Go ahead and let that scare the danged Saudis and emirates.  Our witdrawal from Iraq might make them more reluctant to send their idle kids to bomb us.  Better for them to fear a Shiite satan than a US satan.  Let’s reallocate the bucks to diversifying our energy sources.”

No.  No one on the Hill will say this or support resolutions and bills to attain these ends.  They all hope that Petraeus or Crocker will give them shining light or an aliby to do nothing.

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By cyrena, April 10, 2008 at 3:24 am Link to this comment

I don’t think that Ware is ‘aware’ that there are a whole bunch of folks in the US that don’t have a clue to the issue of Iran, and while I understand what ware is saying, (some of us know) the AMERICAN public has been subjected to 7 years of secrecy about what the War on Iraq is all about, and they damn sure WEREN’T gonna find it out by jamming up either of these people.

So if he wants to jump in with his own boxing gloves, and dispense with this wasted oxygen, then he needs to first demand that the REAL chicken hawks be the ones doing the testimony, and it AIN’T be-tray-us or Crocker!!

Now if he wants to do the kickbox with Dick Bush, or any of the other architects of this disaster, then he needs to call them out. Otherwise, they could have dispensed with the whole thing.

Notice they didn’t allow Fallon to give any testimony, and that was decided weeks ago, when they ran him off.

So, consider it a total waste if we’re gonna call it a waste. There’s no possible way any of these people were gonna get any more out of be-tray-us or Crocker than what Dick was gonna allow them to give.

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By Gilgamesh, April 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment
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Ware- the one actual reporter on CNN to give the rest of their drivel cover.

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By Aegrus, April 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

No one cares about answers because this general is not able to provide objective discussion. He’s following orders!

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By Dave in Big Pine, April 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

this guy, ware, is one of the very very few reporters worth listening to. i am surprised they keep letting him report.

but as usual, his take is correct: petraeus and crocker are just two of bush’s dancing fleas. and the congress? a bunch of paid off whores.

the only way we end war is to go back to the ancient roman way of having the elites participate in the battle. if any of these chicken hawks had their butts on the line, we wouldn’t be in any wars.

“our blood, their guts”, indeed.

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