AC: " 'Where's everything you promised us?' "
Anderson (in LA) talks to Michael (in NYC) about the reason for the spike in American troop deaths this month, as well as the report released today that 7 of 8 studied reconstruction projects have failed.
PZN: "America broke Iraq, now America must stay until it's fixed."
Michael talks to Paula about the potential fallout if the US withdraws from Iraq now.
LDT: "...a new school of thought that's being applied by the military."
Michael sits down with Lou to discuss an article published today by Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, which details a "failure" in the general officer corps. Is General David Petraeus the kind of officer who can restore the leadership our troops deserve?
AC: "The militias...are still the true power in Iraq."
Anderson talks to Michael shortly after the war-funding bill was passed. What message does it send to our troops, the Iraqi government, and the Bad Guys?
PZN: "...provide security. Only then -- maybe -- you will have democracy."
Another recap of the possible ramifications of a troop withdrawal.
TSR: "...the political solution everyone talks about may be a non-democratic state."
Michael describes what he believes will happen if we pull our troops out of Iraq, as well as what the best-case scenario may look like.
AAM: "You broke it, you've got to fix it now."
Michael is joined by Kyra Phillips for some discussions about life in Iraq, the current debate on withdrawing our troops, and the consequences one has on the other.
Length: 4:38 / 7:20
AC: "America has a lot of tough decisions to make right now."
Anderson talks to Michael about today's discussions in Washington, and for the first time brings up the possibility of us settling for less than democracy in Iraq. (More on that tomorrow.)
PZN: "You really want to fix Iraq: surge the whole country."
Michael is in NYC, and his first interview is with Paula, where he joins a discussion with Pam Hess of UPI and Rajiv Chandrasekaran. They respond to today's comments from General Petraeus and also some general discussion about the situation.
AC: "This has been a bloody day in Diyala Province..."
Having just come back from Diyala, Michael reports tonight on today's suicide bombing that targeted our troops there and killed nine members of the 82nd Airborne.
TWAW: "It's one of the most intense battlefronts of the war at the moment."
Tom Foreman talks to Michael about the Diyala embed.
TSR: "There is in Diyala province an extraordinarily agressive fight currently underway."
Michael is back from a 9-day embed in Diyala province, and discusses the campaign against al Qaeda in Iraq as that group is squeezed between the surge in Baghdad and the fight to reclaim al Anbar province.
LDT: "...the war rages on here in Iraq."
A recorded update on today's events.
TSR: "Well, welcome to the war..."
Michael talks to Wolf about a particularly lop-sided battle that occurred in Baghdad today (there has GOT to be a way to give our guys the advantage, even in this kind of guerilla fighting...hasn't there?) as well as a female suicide bomber in Diyala province.
LDT: "Firmly replanting himself back on the political scene."
A recorded piece on the Najaf demonstration.
TSR: "He's saying...look at what I can still do."
Michael talks to Wolf about today's demonstration in Najaf, which was called by Muqtada al-Sadr as a show of solidarity against the US forces.
NR: "This is a piece of grand political theater."
Michael talks to Fredericka Whitfield about the current status of violence throughout Iraq, as well as Muqtada al-Sadr's latest message to his followers and all Iraqis.
LE: "There is a great game in play here..."
Michael talks to Wolf about a massive explosion in Mahmudiya earlier today, and about Muqtada al-Sadr's very slick call for a national show of unity tomorrow (the fourth anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.)
(Despite what Wolf says at the end of the piece, Michael was not on again.)
AC: The Mujahedeen-e-khalq (MEK)
Michael reports on a dissident Iranian group of 3800 fighters who have been living on a base north of Baghdad. Since the invasion, US forces have been protecting them and using their intelligence, such as knowledge of Tehran's nuclear program.
TSR: "...to avoid a loss of face."
Suzanne Malveaux asks Michael about why the Iranians want their Quds Force detainees back so badly.
LKL: "...they are fighting for the mate next to them."
Lou Dobbs (filling in for Larry King) about politics, pressure, and morale.
TSR: "America does not have one rock-solid strategy"
Suzanne Malveaux asks Michael whether the Bad Guys are paying attention to American politics.
NR: Iranian captured inside Iraq released
Michael discusses the release of one of the five Iranians that were captured inside Iraq.
AC: "Progress, but still far from victory..."
Michael talks to John Roberts about the weekend's events. (And non-events.)
PZN: "...the senator disagrees with our assessment of the war."
Kyra Phillips joins Michael in Baghdad to talk with Rick Sanchez about the security plan.
LDT: "...what they claim is the untold story..."
Michael recaps the surge's successes and failures so far.
TSR: "The policy of containment..."
Michael talks to Suzanne Malveaux about the ramifications of the various redeployment plans.
YWT: "...signs of limited progress here in Baghdad."
Hala Gorani talks with Michael about the surge, the walk, and the rumor.
AAM: Reality check from Baghdad
Michael recaps the Baghdad visit from Senators McCain and Graham, and also addressed yesterday's unsubstantiated rumor regarding comments he supposedly made during the press conference. (You can watch my video of the press conference here.)
LE: Iraq status check
Wolf conducts a roundtable discussion with Michael, the WaPo's David Ignatius, and Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.