CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O HAD PROFESSIONAL SPONGE AL SHARPTON SPEAKING OUT FOR HIM TODAY AND PLAYING THE RACE CARD. FOR THOSE WHO'VE FORGOTTEN, BIG TALKING AL ALWAYS STRUTS UNLESS HE GETS KICKED IN THE GROIN -- ON THE VICTORY TOUR, JOE JACKSON SHOWED BABY AL WHO WAS IN CHARGE.
BUT EVEN WITH AL ALL BUT PLAYING AL JOLSON FOR BARRY, IT WASN'T ENOUGH DUE TO THE FACT THAT BARRY O HAD TO TROT OUT BEFORE THE PEOPLEAND WITHOUT THE AIR BRUSHING, IT JUST WASN'T THAT PRETTY.
MEANWHILE GALLUP FINDS THAT ONLY 44% OF AMERICANS APPROVE OF BARRY O'S JOB PERFORMANCE. AND, RUBBING SALT IN THE WOUND, COLLIE POWELL HAS ADVICE TO OFFER.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
MICHAEL WARE: There was an incident that I filmed back in 2007. It was in a remote Iraqi village, a village that had pretty much been owned by Al Qaeda. A young man who turned out to be 16, 17, maybe 18 years of age, you know like so many Iraqis had a weapon to protect himself, approached the house we were in and the soldiers who were watching our backs, one of them put a bullet right in the back of his head. Unfortunately it didn't kill him. We all spent the next 20 odd minutes listening to his tortured breath as he died. I had this moment that I realised despite what was happening to this man in front of me, I'd been more concerned with the composition of my shot than I was with any attempt to either save him or at the very very least, ease his passing. I indeed had been indifferent as the soldiers around me whose indifference I was attempting to capture. Technically being it a breach of the Geneva Convention at least or arguably a small war crime, if there's such a thing, that film, to this day, it's never seen the light of day.
JOHN MARTINKUS, JOURNALIST: When I went back to Baghdad in 2007. One of the first things he showed me was that tape and he was watching it over and over and over again. Part of him was like 'how could I, how could I just stand by and watch that happen'. It was a really horrible stark moral choice that he faced and he still wrestles with that.
MICHAEL WARE: There came a point where something inside me started to tell me that it was time to leave Iraq. That was a hard thing for me to come to terms with. I was sitting in the garden of the CNN house with one of my great mates Tommy the producer, I said 'Tommy I think I need to leave' and it was with enormous comfort for Tommy to say 'I think so mate'. I hit New York like a meteor plunging into the earth, I mean, those first six months I felt nothing but pain and I suspect I caused nothing but pain.
DAVID BELLAVIA, FMR STAFF SERGEANT, US ARMY: The last time I saw Michael I didn't even recognise him. He'd aged eighty years in his eyes. He just looked tired. He looked exhausted.
MICHAEL WARE: I couldn't walk to the corner store and buy milk. I couldn't go to a dinner party. I couldn't stand in a crowd. I couldn't catch the subway, you know, I couldn't live.
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