posted on Feb, 19 2009 @ 01:31 AM
I saw that show, and remember the comment.
As I interpreted it, he was essentially saying that, despite any talk of withdrawal and 'ending the war', it's going to be a long, protracted
affair that lasts though Obama's presidency, and beyond.
The quote, if I remember correctly, was that 'the events that the Iraq War will be remembered for haven't even happened yet'. Indicating that
we're not at the end
of the debacle, but only the beginning. The orchestra's still warming up.
Part of Steward's speechlessness at that comment can be attributed to the fact that this was the last line of the interview, and it's a hell of a
line to drop on an audience right before you wrap things up with a happy book plug and cut to commercial. I think he was looking for a 'good
out-line' at that point. He finally settled on being absolutely honest, and saying something like "I usually like to end an interview on a happy
note, but I guess that'll just have to do".
It was an interesting interview. Because of it, I unfortunately now have an image in my head of an American commander singing 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' in a
field HQ somewhere. That doesn't help.