More Questions with Bob Woodruff

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How does it make you feel when people put you or people in your position on a pedestal for their arguments about the war — "that's why we need to keep fighting" or "that's why we need to get out of there?" —Ahmed Mussafar in Vider, TX
You know, with any war there is always somebody who gets kills and somebody who gets injured. We are not an excuse one way or another to control how you think about the war. That is something we are going to find out eventually about this war. The most important thing to me is that people understand more and more exactly how many people have been injured in this war and whether they are being well treated or not when they come back to this country.

What was the most important thing you learned about the experience of US troops before and after your devastating injury? —Christina Poag in Fredericksburg, VA

They are doing something to serve this country. And they are risking their lives oftentimes to save the lives of those that are over there with them. One of the most amazing things to me was the fact that they actually landed a helicopter not even knowing who we were and just assuming that we were military. They came in with their helicopter even though there was gun fire happening around us and still landed the helicopter and saved our lives. That is what we are talking about in this war and that is what they are doing day to day.

What aspect of reporting do you look forward to returning to the most, and has your experience changed how you approach that aspect? —Mark Ziemer in Alpharetta, GA
My love of journalism from the very beginning is reporting and getting out to the places where the stories are happening and learning more about them so we can tell more accurately what the story is. That is certainly what I want to do. I believe that I need to get around the entire country as well as overseas. There was a time when the US was pretty separate from the world. We had a big ocean on the east and a big ocean on the west, but I think those oceans have pretty much disappeared and you have to keep traveling and reporting and seeing different places. I think I am going to go back to the way I was before. There is more time now that I would like to spend with my kids. Covering wars in the past sometimes I was gone for 3 months or more.

Has experiencing a near death experience changed any of your political views toward the war? —Mitchell Dorshorst in Madison, WI
The belief about the war that I concentrated on is that we need to help the soldiers and marines when they come back from the war. My concentration is not so much on whether the war should be done or not but what we should do about those that come back. Politics is part of our country. I think there is one aspect of the war that everyone agrees with whether it is the right, left or the middle: we completely underestimated what was going to happen with the Shiites and the Sunnis. And we certainly didn't understand how long this war would go on. Ultimately I think we will be able to look back in history and know what this war was about and what it has done.

Since you have had first-hand experience in the battle front; if it were up to you, would you let the troops come home and why or why not? —Robert Dominguez Jr. in Aubrey,Tx
That's not my decision.

Do you think the competition of today's 24-hour news stations is hurting journalistic integrity? —Meg Brady in Lancaster
A lot of people, when they were younger, watched a very small number of networks or newspapers or magazines to read about what was happening in the world. Now we have a very wide collection. Now we have multiple numbers of networks and magazines and newspapers. Now we get it from multiple places - from blogs to the internet to all sorts of television news and written reporting. That has just changed.

Do you have any advice of how to succeed in the world of journalism? —Kameron Straine in Colton
I think you just need to follow what is interesting to you. And do something that is important to you. I think if you don't actually like going out into the field and trying to learn some truth, than it may be more difficult to do. It's the same as with any job.

How do you get your hair to look so perfect like that? —Meg Brady in Lancaster PA
(Laughs) What do you mean about my hair? I don't know what that means.

Did David Bloom's death have an impact on you when you were recovering from your injuries? —J. Berman in New York City, NY
Yeah, I think there was a time when I thought that maybe there was some story that would be important enough that I would be willing to take my death in order to understand it. But once David was killed in a situation like that I told my wife that I don't feel that anymore.

If you could wake up tomorrow and find yourself in another profession, would you want to do? —Nancy Thaler in Brecksville, Ohio
I still haven't quite figured that one out yet. But I hope that I can remain in journalism. Journalism is what I have always loved at least since I was 30 and first started in it.