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War Room / Afghanistan War / Shelby, Brzezinski, Woolsey Interview (Part I) #654819

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Nov 01, 2001
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(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The status of the United States war in Afghanistan against the Taliban reviewed; details given of plans to use more ground forces to identify targets for the bombers; cockpit bombing video shown. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - explains the sequence of the campaign; recounts an incident of ground fire; explains the problems of air dropping food; comments on press reporting.] The Pentagon's dislike of the term carpet bombing discussed.

(Studio: Wolf Blitzer) Live discussion held with Senator Richard Shelby, former CIA director James Woolsey, and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski about the United States strategy in Afghanistan. [SHELBY - says Americans have to be patient about the course of the war; supports President Bush's view that we are fighting the Taliban and not the Afghan people.] [BRZEZINSKI - indicates it is too early to judge the success of the campaign, but we have to keep the distinction about fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban so we do not get bogged down in a war in Afghanistan.] [WOOLSEY - says the focus must be on the "evil doers" and not the construction of new regime(s).]

Blitzer, Wolf;
McIntyre, Jamie

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