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A Brief Glimpse Of A Not-So-Happy Iraq On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - June 20, 2006

To listen to FOX News tell it, the only thing going wrong in Iraq is the negative media coverage. So it was something of a shock for me to hear Alan Colmes and the father of a Marine speaking candidly last night (6/19/06) about the tremendous pressures and terrible conditions under which our soldiers work.

The guest was David Wuterich, father of Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich who is being investigated over his role in the Haditha massacre. Wuterich had nothing good to say about Congressman John Murtha but nonetheless agreed, perhaps unwittingly, with much of Murtha’s now-famous comments about Haditha – that our soldiers are dealing with an impossible task in Iraq.

Colmes asked Wuterich, “Part of, I think, what Jack Murtha was saying, was that it’s very strenuous conditions. They’re horrible conditions we have our soldiers in – many doing more than one tour, working a lot harder than they thought they would work, many more tours of Iraq than they were told they would do. And it creates a kind of a stressful situation that’s practically untenable. Is that your understanding of the situation?

Wuterich answered, “Yes, I think so and it’s a very tough situation to be in as far as, you know, these soldiers. They don’t know who their friends are, who are their enemies. You know, it’s very tough, very tough.”

The conversation soon moved on (Wuterich started talking about negative media coverage of Iraq, among other things) but it was refreshing to have a dose of reality on “real journalism” FOX News for a change.

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