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Cronkite: Time for U.S. to Leave Iraq
Breitbart.com ^ | 1/15/06 | AP

Posted on 01/15/2006 4:20:31 PM PST by wagglebee

Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, whose 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable keenly influenced public opinion then, said Sunday he'd say the same thing today about Iraq.

"It's my belief that we should get out now," Cronkite said in a meeting with reporters.

Now 89, the television journalist once known as "the most trusted man in America" has been off the "CBS Evening News" for nearly a quarter- century. He's still a CBS News employee, although he does little for them.

Cronkite said one of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

Then-President Lyndon Johnson reportedly told a White House aide after that, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America."

The best time to have made a similar statement about Iraq came after Hurricane Katrina, he said.

"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important cities in the United States," he said. "Therefore, we are going to have to bring our troops home."

Iraqis should have been told that "our hearts are with you" and that the United States would do all it could to rebuild their country, he said.

"I think we could have been able to retire with honor," he said. "In fact, I think we can retire with honor anyway."

Cronkite has spoken out against the Iraq war in the past, saying in 2004 that Americans weren't any safer because of the invasion.

Cronkite, who is hard of hearing and walks haltingly, jokingly said that "I'm standing by if they want me" to anchor the "CBS Evening News." CBS is still searching for a permanent successor to Dan Rather, who replaced Cronkite in March 1981.

"Twenty-four hours after I told CBS News that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday I was already regretting it and I've regretted it every day since," he said. "It's too good a job for me to have given it up the way that I did."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: conkedout; coot; cronkite; cronkitehascooties; cutandrun; dumbassalert; handwringers; iraq; leftist; leftistmedia; mediabias; moonbat; mrwegiveupcronkite; oldcoot; senileoldcoot; traitor; waltercronkite
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When will this leftist go away?!
1 posted on 01/15/2006 4:20:33 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

Time for Walter to leave Earth.


2 posted on 01/15/2006 4:21:34 PM PST by bmwcyle (As the left takes to the streets the too many lazy Freeper sleep)
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To: wagglebee

The only thing Cronkite should being doing is taking a dirt nap.


3 posted on 01/15/2006 4:21:57 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: wagglebee

"keenly influenced public opinion then"

And thank goodness this is now!

World has changed a whole lot since Cronkite was one of few sources of news.


4 posted on 01/15/2006 4:22:08 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: bmwcyle

He already did.


5 posted on 01/15/2006 4:22:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Cheney X -- Destroying the Liberal Democrat Traitors By Any Means Necessary -- Ya Dig ? Sho 'Nuff.)
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To: wagglebee

Oh, STFU, Walter! Go back to protesting the Nantucket wind farm that would provide renewable energy but would annoy your delicate sensibilities with its appearance, you Leftist loser.


6 posted on 01/15/2006 4:22:57 PM PST by pabianice
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To: wagglebee

"walks haltingly"....

Not only that, but thinks and talks haltingly....


7 posted on 01/15/2006 4:23:22 PM PST by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
He's a fraud.

Windstorm; Why Are 'Environmentalists' Opposing Windmills in Nantucket Sound?

8 posted on 01/15/2006 4:23:37 PM PST by Land_of_Lincoln_John
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Does anyone care what Walter think???? I believe he's still tilting at Nantucket windmills


9 posted on 01/15/2006 4:23:49 PM PST by TexasGus
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To: wagglebee

Cronkite: Shaddap ya senile old coot.


10 posted on 01/15/2006 4:25:00 PM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: wagglebee
Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

And the fact that their opinions are worthless is why journalists should stick to hard facts. Who was Cronkhite that his military accumen allowed him to make such an evaluation? Who was CBS to publicize it? Hacks.

11 posted on 01/15/2006 4:25:04 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: wagglebee

Walter: Turn up your hearing aid...and now that you can hear me--STFU!


12 posted on 01/15/2006 4:25:33 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: TexasGus
Does anyone care what Walter thinks????

NO

13 posted on 01/15/2006 4:26:17 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: wagglebee

Cut and Run Cronkite


14 posted on 01/15/2006 4:26:40 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: wagglebee
"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important cities in the United States," he said. "Therefore, we are going to have to bring our troops home."

How is this any different from Pat Robertson saying Sharon is being punished by God? How is it different from so many wacky statements of similar ilk that have come out of Christian evangalists in the past 5 years claiming God was punishing this country or that? Why isn't the media responding in a similar manner?

Don't bother, that's rhetorical.

15 posted on 01/15/2006 4:26:51 PM PST by No Longer Free State (No event has just one cause, no person has just one motive, no action has just the intended effect)
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To: wagglebee
"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well and we find ourselves missing the amount of money it takes to help these poor people out of their homeless situation and rebuild some of our most important cities in the United States," he said. "Therefore, we are going to have to bring our troops home."

Wow! What a missed opportunity! Why didn't Karl Rove think of that!

16 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:03 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: wagglebee
Cronkite: Time for U.S. to Leave Iraq

Yeah, Walter, there are millions of Iraqis who should have an appointment with the re-education camps like so many Vietnamese did, you sorry-assed SOS (first word being Sack).

17 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:08 PM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: wagglebee
Cronkite said one of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

Briefly set aside his objectivity? He didn't and still doesn't have any. Freakin' pathetic defeatist liberal.

18 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:21 PM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: wagglebee

The man has lost his class, his wisdom, his fans, and his mind.

Poor poor Walter - no where to go - no one listening.

He's lonely.


19 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:23 PM PST by Jake The Goose (Walter the confused.)
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To: wagglebee

There is no fool like an old fool...

Certainly applies in his case.


20 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:37 PM PST by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: wagglebee

"Twenty-four hours after I told CBS News that I was stepping down at my 65th birthday I was already regretting it and I've regretted it every day since," he said. "It's too good a job for me to have given it up the way that I did."

Walter lost his job the for the same reason Rather lost his: Lack of credibility will inevitably doom any newscaster, even in an overwhelmingly leftist media.


21 posted on 01/15/2006 4:27:49 PM PST by wvobiwan (It's OUR Net! If you don't like it keep your stanky routers off it!)
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To: wagglebee

Oh yes, Cronkite, the commentator who betrayed 2.5 million men in uniform that served in Viet Nam when he declared a decisive victory a defeata nd enabled the enemies of freedom to overtake all of Viet Nam, after costing America nearly 58,000 lives.

Walter, enjoy your retirement, no one cares what you think, least of all, us Viet Nam Vets you helped betray!


22 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:06 PM PST by DakotaRed
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To: operation clinton cleanup
"We had an opportunity to say to the world and Iraqis after the hurricane disaster that Mother Nature has not treated us well

Isn't it a hoot? Pat Robertson can say Katrina was punishment and he gets ripped (as he should). But Uncle Walter can infer something similar and is the toast of the left.

23 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:08 PM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: wagglebee

Between Walter Crankcase, Mike Wallace, Andy Rooney, and Dan Blather, the Old Guard is continuing to give CBS a black eye.


24 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:14 PM PST by alancarp (Will hack code for oil)
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To: wagglebee

Yes, it is time to head to Iran next, with a sturdy remnant remaining in Iraq.


25 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:25 PM PST by DoNotDivide (Were the American Revolutionaries rebelling against Constituted Authority and thereby God? I say no.)
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To: wagglebee


Ahem, hey Cronkite, time for you to stfu and go away.


26 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:30 PM PST by rockabyebaby (I'm not afraid to say out loud what the rest of you are afraid to admit.)
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To: wagglebee

That skunk is still spreading a suspicious aroma.


27 posted on 01/15/2006 4:28:54 PM PST by christabel
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To: wagglebee

I can remember as a little kid in the '60s my dad calling WC a commie, and CBS the Communist Broadcasting Station.

C'mon Walter, shut up and go away.


28 posted on 01/15/2006 4:29:04 PM PST by Theresawithanh (You'll get me to stop posting on FR when you wrench my laptop from my cold, dead fingers!)
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To: wagglebee

"He's still a CBS News employee, although he does little for them."

He does even less for me.


29 posted on 01/15/2006 4:29:10 PM PST by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: wagglebee
What makes him an expert on foreign affairs? Why do people think he is some great thinker or diplomat.

He's just a news reader. Another no nothing "celebrity".
30 posted on 01/15/2006 4:29:47 PM PST by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you!)
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To: wvobiwan

'Now 89'

I thought he was taking the dirt nap a long time ago.


31 posted on 01/15/2006 4:30:06 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: wagglebee
Cronkite said one of his proudest moments came at the end of a 1968 documentary he made following a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Urged by his boss to briefly set aside his objectivity to give his view of the situation, Cronkite said the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

And thus began the period when the MSM decided they should be running the country and setting policy.

That was when surrender and pacifism became the foundation of dem foreign policy.

Sorry Walter,there will be no repeat of history this time as we will not let you guys usurp power and influence.
Never again.

32 posted on 01/15/2006 4:30:09 PM PST by carlr
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To: Enterprise

Hey Cronkite: Go find yourself an old coot boyfriend. Maybe you'll shut up for a while.


33 posted on 01/15/2006 4:30:40 PM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: pabianice
Got that, the fact that they are pulling these folks out of the nursing homes is a clear sign of their desperation. I guess that just because their career died thirty years ago shouldn't make them less objectionable.
34 posted on 01/15/2006 4:30:42 PM PST by Steamburg (Pretenders everywhere)
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To: wagglebee
Archie: "Edith, what channel is CBS News on?"

Edith: "Channel 2 Archie. The one we don't watch anymore because you said Walter Cronkite is a communist."

"All In The Family", 1972.

35 posted on 01/15/2006 4:31:20 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Theresawithanh
I can remember as a little kid in the '60s my dad calling WC a commie, and CBS the Communist Broadcasting Station.

Your dad saw the light about 20 years before I did.

36 posted on 01/15/2006 4:31:54 PM PST by Marathoner
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To: wagglebee

walter cronkite,"THE MOST SENILE MAN IN AMERICA"!!


37 posted on 01/15/2006 4:32:45 PM PST by ohiobushman (Common sense is less common today.)
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To: Marathoner

LOL!! See post 35.


38 posted on 01/15/2006 4:33:23 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: dirtboy
I would blame Uncle Walt's comments on senility... but he has not changed his beliefs in 30 years, so I guess he really means it.
39 posted on 01/15/2006 4:33:33 PM PST by operation clinton cleanup
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To: wagglebee

Cronkite has probably done more harm to the world than just about any other person outside of governemnt.


40 posted on 01/15/2006 4:33:39 PM PST by yarddog
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To: carlr

Its amazen that Walter is acually proud of what he did to help lose Vietnam


41 posted on 01/15/2006 4:34:00 PM PST by bybybill (GOD help us if the Rats win)
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To: Theresawithanh

LOL! See post 35.


42 posted on 01/15/2006 4:34:09 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: wagglebee
Just when you think that you have heard it all!!!!!!!
43 posted on 01/15/2006 4:35:02 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Enterprise

"Cronkite: Shaddap ya senile old coot."

Oh, I don't know. I think he was great all those years as Captain Kangaroo and I especially was fond of Mr. Greenjeans and the little rabbit puppet.

Oooops, my bad!


44 posted on 01/15/2006 4:35:21 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: wagglebee

Crawl back in your hole Walter! And I don't mean the one you've got your head up!


45 posted on 01/15/2006 4:35:28 PM PST by derllak
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To: wagglebee

Calljack: Time for Cronkite to leave the U.S.


46 posted on 01/15/2006 4:35:51 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: wagglebee

Colonel Blimp speaks.....STFU you moron.


47 posted on 01/15/2006 4:35:59 PM PST by Hildy (Spielberg spends his spare time memorializing the last Holocaust while working to justify the next.)
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To: wagglebee
"I think we could have been able to retire with honor," he said. "In fact, I think we can retire with honor anyway."

Hey Wally.....Take your own advice. Trundle off into the sunset and shut-up!

48 posted on 01/15/2006 4:36:17 PM PST by Kakaze (I'm now a single issue voter.....exterminate Al Quaida)
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To: bybybill

Why did Cronkite turn on the Viet Nam war again. It wasn't Nixon. Was he a Red Diaper baby in drag?


49 posted on 01/15/2006 4:36:51 PM PST by Thebaddog (K9 4ever)
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To: wagglebee
Can someone please fill me in?
I missed the memo.

When did this blowhard get elected to public office as some kind of a leader?

50 posted on 01/15/2006 4:37:20 PM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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