COMMENTS: Newsmaker at the Newseum

Only ABC assigned its White House correspondent to cover George Bush's speech on the Iraq War. Martha Raddatz was at the President's Crawford ranch in Texas, where she will file an interview Friday. He ordered a freeze in troop reductions in July and shorter tours of duty starting in August. NBC's Martin Savidge collected vox pop from the wives of the Third Infantry Division in Georgia: "Just about everybody we talked to at Fort Stewart liked the idea of shorter deployments."

ABC's Raddatz quoted Bush as welcoming "major progress in Iraq"--a far cry from his commanding general's cautious assessment at Senate hearings, when David Petraeus merely characterized the progress as "real but fragile and reversible." ABC did not send its anchor to interview the general, but both CBS' Katie Couric and NBC's Brian Williams traveled to the soon-to-open Newseum in Washington for a one-on-one with Petraeus. This is how he described that halting progress to Couric: "The trajectory--which was down really 15, 18 months ago, maybe even nine of ten months ago--in our view has been one that has been in an upward slope, never as fast as we would like." NBC's Williams asked Petraeus to "draw me a picture of how this war ends." "It will be a thinning out," was his gradualist reply.

Both anchors asked Petraeus about Iran. "Are we fighting a proxy war?" inquired NBC's Williams. "We certainly do not want to," was Petraeus' evasion. Couric asked "what role specifically" Iran is playing in support of recent violence in Iraq. Petraeus cited detainees who were "trained, equipped and paid by the Iranian Quds Force and, in some cases, directed by them" and identifying as Iranian-made "in some cases, entire rockets that we have captured in weapons caches or interdicted."

NBC's Williams asked Petraeus to reflect on the five years that have passed since troops under his command were greeted as liberators in Najaf: "We are all much older than that, by far more than just the years that have passed," came the war-weary response. Also on NBC, Ann Curry aired reflections on the cost of war in a Homefront profile of Andi Parhamovich, the "beautiful…headstrong, idealistic" pro-democracy activist who was working for a nation-building NGO in Baghdad when she was caught in an insurgent ambush. Her fiance, Newsweek war correspondent Michael Hastings, has written a "bittersweet" memoir of his grief, I Lost My Love in Baghdad. "I could write a thousand books and it would never be enough," Hastings told Curry. "It is not dollars, it is in our blood--and it is not just blood. It is in their future. We lose people's futures."

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