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March 07, 2007

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NBC: Iraqis Want U.S. To Stay, This Coming From NBC? Wow!!

NBC: Iraqis Want U.S. to Stay

Anti-War
Effort Helping Insurgents


Visiting Iraq, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams learned from Army officers that Iraqis want U.S. forces to remain in their country, from NBC News Baghdad reporter Richard Engel that Al-Sadr's insurgents have stepped down and are counting on pressure from anti-war opponents to provide them with victory, and from retired General and NBC News military analyst Wayne Downey that U.S. troops are proud of their mission. Traveling with Lieutenant General Ray Odierno for stories on his Monday newscast, Williams ran a clip of Army Colonel John Charlton proclaiming that Iraqis "do not want us to leave" and a soundbite from Army Lt. Colonel Charles Ferry who asserted: "The people here are very glad to see us." Williams marveled: "You just said, 'They don't want us to leave.' That's the tenth time today I've heard that. I've got to go back to the States and do a newscast that every night has another politician or 12 of them saying, 'We have got to get out of that godforsaken place.'"

To explain the decreased violence in Baghdad, Engel noted how "the militia decided they fought the U.S. two-and-a-half years ago, didn't have a lot of success. They decided this time they're going to wait it out, see if political pressure in the U.S. can help them win this time." Downey related how "every soldier that I ran across today I asked him: 'How do you feel about what's going on,'" and "without exception -- this was spontaneous, especially when you start talking to PFCs and Spec 4s, they're going to tell you the truth, no party line. Very proud of what they're doing. Very, very dedicated."

[This item was posted Monday night on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]

During his first story on his trip, as aired on the March 5 NBC Nightly News, Williams related:
"This is what the General heard today about how warmly the locals now view the Americans."
U.S. Army Colonel John Charlton: "They do not want us to leave. They want to see the police come through."
U. S. Army Lt. Colonel Charles Ferry: "The people here are very glad to see us. They are very hesitant still because they're not sure if we're going to stay. They want us to stay."
Voice of Odierno?: "That's the issue."
Ferry: "That's the whole deal. If we stay down here and to keep beating down the insurgents."
Brian Williams, to one or more of the officers: "You just said, 'They don't want us to leave.' That's the tenth time today I've heard that. I've got to go back to the States and do a newscast that every night has another politician or 12 of them saying, 'We have got to get out of that godforsaken place.'"
Odierno: "They can talk about policy, okay, and that's what they have to do back there. My mission right now is to provide protection for the Iraqi people so this government can grow."

At the end of his newscast, Williams stood at an outside location with Engel and Downey, as he noted how they felt safe enough to remove their bullet-proof vests. Engel explained the decrease in violence from Al-Sadr's insurgents in Sadr City:
"Some say they are just waiting to see how long the U.S. will stay and how long this surge will continue. It was obvious, the U.S. announced the surge, they said where the U.S. troops were going and the militia decided they fought the U.S. two-and-a-half years ago, didn't have a lot of success. They decided this time they're going to wait it out, see if political pressure in the U.S. can help them win this time."
Brian Williams: "And General, you and I heard sentiments we don't often hear today, the U.S. commanders quoting the Iraqis: 'please don't leave us.' And a lot of the U.S. fighters there today said they didn't want to leave this fight, they are dedicated to it."
Retired General Wayne Downing: "Brian, every single one of them, I ran into a lot of officers and NCOs that I served with -- every soldier that I ran across today I asked him: 'How do you feel about what's going on, what do you know about what is going on back in the states?' And without exception -- this was spontaneous, especially when you start talking to PFCs and Spec 4s, they're going to tell you the truth, no party line. Very proud of what they're doing. Very, very dedicated. Many of these guys, Brian, are back here on their second and third tours. These are one-year tours. Extremely well trained and very professional."

The MSNBC.com online version of the Williams story here.
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Wow! I'm shocked this coming from NBC? It must be true if NBC reported it as much as they hate the Bush Administration. I guess there is no escaping the good stories and news coming out of Iraq anymore. If NBC of all people can report this, you other News Organizations can too :-) On a darker note of this, you anti-war Morons are just helping the terrorists, I hope you will be able to sleep at night if you helped promote another attack by being so Weak Knee'd and Defeatest.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Seth said...

Outstanding, and from NBC to boot!

I wonder what their editors were thinking when they allowed this to get by their anti-Bush propaganda machine...

It would be great to see the other alphabet networks follow suit, if for no other reason than they might figure that telling the truth once in a while is better than not telling the truth at all.

March 07, 2007 4:38 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

This is news that has been kept from the public in order to continue to vilify Bush. Both Iraq and Afghanistan have requested a continued US presence. The surprise here is that NBC is actually reporting it. I wonder how much of what was actually said in Williams report was cut if this piece of good news made it through?

March 07, 2007 7:48 AM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Seth,

No Foolin!!

How on earth did this one get by?

The alphabet networks will be quiet about all this as long as they possibly can, and then when they do report on this they will find a way to make it look bad.

I still dont trust this, it's like they threw out a "Good Story Bone" for us to chew on for a bit, maybe they need the ratings?




Ken,

Really! It makes one wonder if the entire interview went well and this was the worst part of it? Gee I sure would like to know what else was said. I think this is the Troops way of stating to speak out and be heard.

March 07, 2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

This whole idea of Brian Williams going to Iraq was a ploy at raising the ratings of NBC news just before the Nielson ratings are to go out. I guess it has backfired for them because the people that tune in to watch them bash Bush and our troops every night are not going to like this report.Libs will be turning off this news program and then nobody will be watching. Cry me a river, wahhhhh!!!

The question is were they really in Iraq? I remember all those time when Cokie Roberts would report from Washington DC but she wasn't there it was only a background and she was actually in New York. Did they really let Brian Williams go to Iraq? Maybe, but you can bet they brought a bunch of gun toters with them.

March 07, 2007 12:14 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

I failed to mention that I am unable to watch network news because I had the technician program the content blocker on my new TV set to block "childish content"

March 07, 2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad we've invaded that country. I mean, they didn't attack us or anything but it's still fun to shoot people who don't dress like us.

March 07, 2007 6:39 PM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Jenn,

This is suspicious I must say. I think you are correct about the ratings. Seems like these buggers over at NBC are up to something.




I failed to mention that I am unable to watch network news because I had the technician program the content blocker on my new TV set to block "childish content"
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LOL!!

March 07, 2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Thanks for posting this! I heard Laura Ingraham talking about this, and remember this part:

To explain the decreased violence in Baghdad, Engel noted how "the militia decided they fought the U.S. two-and-a-half years ago, didn't have a lot of success. They decided this time they're going to wait it out, see if political pressure in the U.S. can help them win this time."

Every anti-war idiot and non-binding resolution Congressman should read that.

March 07, 2007 11:36 PM  
Blogger mariestwocents said...

Word,

I agree.

March 08, 2007 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Seth said...

NBC's been advertising Williams reporting from Iraq "all this week on NBC Nightly News" all over the expanded basic cable/satellite networks.

They really want people to tune in -- in my case, I have long ceased watching the leftist propaganda networks.

March 08, 2007 12:30 PM  

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