Michael Ware Tells it Like it Is
Reported by Janie - January 20, 2006
Michael Ware, famed Time Magazine journalist who has been on the ground in Iraq for the past three years, appeared on Dayside today to discuss the case of American hostage Jill Carroll. During the interview, Ware gave a shocking description on the status of the war in Iraq.
Ware was asked by one member of the studio audience if the situation in Iraq has improved over the course of the last three years. Ware responded, "It just gets worse and worse. It's a downward spiral. So far, I regret to say this deeply within my heart, but so far, the only winners of this war, have been Al Qaeda and Iran."
Ware's comments were met with a sad murmur from the audience, but with no outrage that would have been expected from a Fox audience. Mike Jerrick, co-host of Dayside, probed further into Ware's comments and asked if there was also no progress in the northern and southern regions of Iraq. Ware said, "To the North, the Kurds have maintained their little world, they've got their own separate mini-state, but they've had that since 91 anyway. Everyday Al Qaeda is attracting more recruits, inspired by the war. And the government that is currently in power in Iraq, that has just swept this election, is backed and owned by Iran. American boys and girls are dying everyday, and we're having trouble getting traction. It's such a dire situation."
These types of honest observations from those that have been on the ground in Iraq are often censored or ridiculed on Fox. Ware presented himself as a very calm, rational, honest journalist throughout the interview, and when he issued these comments about the status of the war, they were received with astonishing grace from the audience, who for once, were given the truth on the situation in Iraq.