Time: White House is lying

News & Politics

On Anderson Cooper 360, Time's man in Baghdad Michael Ware put on a feisty performance.

To Cooper's question about reports that the Iraqi fighting forces are improving, Ware responded:

"Whoever from the White House is saying that is one of two things. Clearly, they have never been in Iraq. And, clearly, they have never been in a firefight with an Iraqi unit."
"Secondly, they're clearly lying, whether they know it or not. I mean, a very senior U.S. military intelligence officer, one of the most high-ranking in the country, just in the last few days, said to me, these Iraqi forces will never be in a position to be able to crush this insurgency."
"if the Iraqi security forces are the exit strategy, then get ready to be here for a long time."
True enough in the real world (and certainly Joe Lieberman is doing his darndest to provide cover for the administration with his flawless recitation of their talking points).

But the counter-argument proposed for several months now is that one way to end this war (and surely that's the short term goal) is for the administration to declarevictory and leave.

It's a dicey prospect of course. There's no guarantee that once there's an "upswing" (manufactured or not), and the attendant boost in the polls, that the administration will then leave.

Whatever you believe, it's a breath of fresh air for such candid discussion to take place on TV. Eli describes Ware's demeanor:
"Amazingly, the transcript doesn't even tell the whole story. You had to listen to Ware to hear the emphasis he placed on certain words. If you've ever heard Steve Irwin (the "Crocodile Hunter"), you have heard Ware's twin brother, not just in accent, but in the enthusiasm with which he speaks."

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