Skip to comments.Former 'LA Times' Baghdad Chief Says Iraqis Are 'Humiliated'
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 its become a disaster. I mean, I dont think anyone could dispute that. Its 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,
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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.
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.
This loser needs to go back to the mother country.
Daragahi - Could it be he is Imadingaling’s Iranian mouthpiece?
Since he worked for the LA Times... apparently yes.
all in a day's work for the world-class journalists of our time.
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.
Incredibly over the top negative.
Out of touch with the big picture.
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.
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!
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.)
Could there be any MORE reasons not to believe a word this guy says?
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).
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.
Im seeing a pattern here.
I have noticed that also with this poster. Probably a DNC plant.
I mean, man - have you no pride? Your ride looks just awful!
Don’t be silly. Take off your tinfoil hat, it makes you look impotent.
Nope. Try again, Einstein. /s
Your friend is an historical illiterate who apparently doesn't know the first thing about how the Romans treated those whom they conquered. Standard procedure for Roman legions in dealing with a populace that continued to resist them was to kill those who openly opposed them and enslave the rest. Scorched earth tactics such as vastatio (which is the Latin root for 'devastation') were also routinely employed by Roman legions when engaged in a military campaign. So to compare how the Romans treated their enemies with how the United States treats its enemies and then conclude that the Romans come out on the plus side humanatarian-wise is to show that one is a fool who should have kept his mouth shut on the issue.
I wonder if the Iraqis hate the US press as much as we do.
Los Angeles Times generic =
Los Angeles Times Media Critic:
DAVID SHAW: RATHER’s work ‘Shoddy, Slipshod’..not LIBERAL..?
Now you know why I was careful to say ‘usually.’
Sorry but a guy that never even left the Green Zone is hardly a "good source" for anything about Iraq. Considering that a number of AP stringers are in Iraq prisons caught red handed helping the terrorists should make THINKING Freeprs highly suspicious of anything published in by the US Junk Media as coming from clearly tainted sources. But as usual the Al Qeda Cheerleaders here simply ignore ALL factual context to to mindlessly regurgitate what fits in with their own emotion based political bigotry on Iraq.
He knows because he has been in a room in the Baghdad Hilton for 4 years. More Leftist pablum.
PRay for W and Our Freedom Fighters
Killing Sadr, and leveling the Sunni Triangle should be our farewell shot at the jihadists. Perhaps the poor Iraquis would be able to join with Kurdistan to fend off the Al Q’s.
Watching now. He’s very interesting and he is also somewhat evasive and mysterious. At first I thought he had probably worked for one of our intell agencies, but 20 minutes into the program I lost that thought.