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Afghanistan War / Obama Surprise Visit / Speech / A Discussion (Part I) #1021173

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 01, 2012
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Breaking news on President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan introduced; scenes shown of Obama landing, signing an agreement with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai to extend US support for Afghanistan through 2024 and with the troops at Bagram Air Base. [In speech, OBAMA - says he signed an historic agreement with Afghanistan with an equal partnership between two sovereign states; states we devastated the Al Qaeda leadership, killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden†† and we can defeat Al Qaeda; notes we will shift into a support role and our troops will be coming home as we help the country stabilize.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Obama's readying to return home noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Paul Begala, former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, Gloria Borger, David Gergen and Peter Bergen about the president in Afghanistan; inset video of Obama in the country shown. [FLEISCHER, BEGALA, BORGER, GERGEN - offer brief views on Obama's speech on foreign policy and where we stand in Afghanistan.] [BERGEN - comments on the background for the US agreement with Afghanistan; talks about the Taliban and their relative weakness.] [GERGEN - comments on the White House public relations handling of Afghanistan; believes the administration went overboard about bin Laden; notes we are entering a new period in the region: we are not safe in this new world.] [BORGER - says Obama is saying we are winding down two wars.] Other material: [In speech, OBAMA - comments on the operation that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.]

Cooper, Anderson

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