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Former 'LA Times' Baghdad Chief Says Iraqis Are 'Humiliated'
Editor & Publisher ^ | 11 May 2007 | Joe Strupp

Posted on 05/11/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT by Kitten Festival

NEW YORK Former Los Angeles Times Baghdad Bureau Chief Borzou Daragahi says he doubts the "surge" in Iraq will work, and describes Iraq citizens as "hostile" and "humiliated" after four years of war.

Asked by Brian Lamb, in a forthcoming C-SPAN interview, about his personal views on the war, he replied: "I think at this point, it just – it seems like it’s become a disaster. I mean, I don’t think anyone could dispute that. It’s just going very, very, very, very badly." He said he had mixed feelings about the invasion but "As time wore on, though, as the bodies mounted, it just seems more and more like a really bad mistake."

The interview will be broadcast Sunday night.

Daragahi, a Pulitzer finalist in 2005, admits to deceiving his family, and editors, on some occasions about life in the war zone: "You know, there was no planning of, OK, I'm going to deceive my wife, I'm going to deceive my family. It was just, you know, you're in this crush of news and trying to get the story out....in addition to that, I had all these bureaucratic duties, because I became bureau chief. I had all these managerial duties - finances and safety issues and logistics, and so on. And so, the pressure, the amount of work was so intense that you end up perhaps sacrificing some facts when you're recounting your day to your family or your spouse, and even your editors."

Daragahi, an Iranian-born journalist who has also worked as a freelancer, plans to return to the Middle East soon as a Times' Beirut correspondent. In the interview with C-SPAN, scheduled to run Sunday night at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., he recounts life in the war-torn area, how he survived the mental and physical demand,

(Excerpt) Read more at mediainfo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: borzou; iraq; iraqis; losangelestimes
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Borzou usually has good insights.
1 posted on 05/11/2007 5:20:38 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival

Examples for his “good insight”?

Judging from the above article it’s (quite a surprise) an Iranian MSM dolt whining how awful the surge is... that’s probably the reason he worked for the LA Times.


2 posted on 05/11/2007 5:24:06 PM PDT by SolidWood (Islam is an insanity cult that makes everyone act Arab)
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OK....let’s do this. If things are really going bad, one of two things has to happen. Either let our military do their thing without interference from Congress......or bring them home. Level the dam place and get rid of the bad guys with no questions asked and don’t ask for permission to take one of them out.


3 posted on 05/11/2007 5:25:29 PM PDT by RC2
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Daragahi, an Iranian-born journalist

This loser needs to go back to the mother country.

4 posted on 05/11/2007 5:26:11 PM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Kitten Festival

Daragahi - Could it be he is Imadingaling’s Iranian mouthpiece?


5 posted on 05/11/2007 5:27:00 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Soon to be Fredbacker1)
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Since he worked for the LA Times... apparently yes.


6 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:06 PM PDT by SolidWood (Islam is an insanity cult that makes everyone act Arab)
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Daragahi, a Pulitzer finalist in 2005, admits to deceiving his family, and editors, on some occasions about life in the war zone

all in a day's work for the world-class journalists of our time.

7 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:34 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Thank you St. Jude.)
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To: Kitten Festival

I’m seeing a pattern here. You’re hells bells for getting rid of Wolfowitz, but you are on a first name basis with terrorist sympathizing journalists who work for the LA Times. And by the way, I wonder how high on the humiliation scale does the prewar mass murder of Kurds and Shiites rank.


8 posted on 05/11/2007 5:28:39 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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it seems like it’s become a disaster.

Is he talking about Iraq or just Baghdad?
9 posted on 05/11/2007 5:29:55 PM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Incredibly over the top negative.

Out of touch with the big picture.


10 posted on 05/11/2007 5:30:37 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Kitten Festival

They’re humiliated because they can’t or won’t do anything on their own. I think they are too used to being told what to do in that part of the world.


11 posted on 05/11/2007 5:31:07 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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Iraqi citizens should be slap assed mortified, they seem to have the inborn ability to screw up anything they touch!
Hell, honorable folks would have committed mass suicide, long time ago, in the same situation!


12 posted on 05/11/2007 5:31:09 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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"I think at this point, it just – it seems like it’s become a disaster. I mean, I don’t think anyone could dispute that. It’s just going very, very, very, very badly." He said he had mixed feelings about the invasion but "As time wore on, though, as the bodies mounted, it just seems more and more like a really bad mistake."

So he thinks Saddam should have been left alone to brutalize the Iraqis 'cause it wasn't so bad then? Or maybe he thinks the US forces should just up and leave. What does he think will happen then? (Let me offer a hint - it will go very, very, very, very, very badly.)

13 posted on 05/11/2007 5:33:07 PM PDT by vrwc1
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To: Kitten Festival

http://www.q-and-a.org/


14 posted on 05/11/2007 5:34:13 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: stuartcr

I agree.


15 posted on 05/11/2007 5:35:18 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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Borzou? From Iran? From the LA TIMES? As reported in Editor and Publisher?

Could there be any MORE reasons not to believe a word this guy says?

16 posted on 05/11/2007 5:54:20 PM PDT by Godwin1 (.)
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They’re humiliated because they can’t or won’t do anything on their own. I think they are too used to being told what to do in that part of the world.

You've just underlined the failure of "Operation Iraqi Freedom". Giving those people freedom means giving them the freedom to establish sharia law and become part of the international jihad. Our goal in Iraq should not have been freedom for the Iraqis, but rather, freedom from Saddam and his sons and cronies. However, we should have helped set up a new "kinder, gentler" strongman to take Saddam's place.

It's the only way to keep those people under control (i.e. keep them from being jihadists).

17 posted on 05/11/2007 6:00:51 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: Kitten Festival

Strange.


18 posted on 05/11/2007 6:07:41 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I believe that there are some parts of this world, that are just not ready for anything more than having a strong man tell them what to do. This will probably change with time, but not soon enough for todays attitudes.


19 posted on 05/11/2007 6:10:55 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: vbmoneyspender

I’m seeing a pattern here.

&&
I have noticed that also with this poster. Probably a DNC plant.


20 posted on 05/11/2007 6:22:39 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Duncan Hunter in 2008!)
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