SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D), CONNECTICUT: The war is not lost in Iraq. In fact, now American Iraqi security forces are winning. The enemy is on the run in Iraq. But, here in — in Congress, in Washington, we seem to be, or some — some members seem to be on the run, chased, I fear, by public opinion polls.
COOPER: Is the enemy on the run in Iraq, Michael?
WARE: No, certainly not. And I think we need to be aware that it’s enemies. I mean, America doesn’t face just one opponent in this country, but a whole multitude, many of whom are becoming stronger, the longer the U.S. occupation here, or presence here, in Iraq continues. So, unfortunately, I’m afraid that Senator Lieberman has taken an excursion into fantasy.
When Ware was offered the position at CNN, Mr Blair was gracious but lamented his friends perspective on a war he was sure was in the bag.
Whatever you make of Ware’s dubious perspectives on Iraq, there’s at least one massive positive here: with Ware in Baghdad, CNN will never revert to Eason Jordan-era concerns over government access—for the simple reason that Ware couldn’t care less about government access. Which (generally) is a good thing. I look forward to his coverage of the insurgency’s extinction.
Either TB is an eternal optimist, or he suffers from the same condition as Lieberman. I wonder if he’s still hanging out for that report?