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Iraq: Then & Now / War Anniversary / Bush Speech / The Mission / Lessons Learned #750729

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 19, 2004
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The first anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq noted; footage shown.

(White House: David Gregory) President Bush’s speech marking the anniversary featured; details given about the continuing international controversy over the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda. [BUSH – notes every nation has an interest in a stable Iraq; says we’ll never turn over Iraq to terrorists; comments on Spain’s threat to withdraw troops from Iraq unless the U.N. has a larger role.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – comments on his decision to send a U.N. team to Iraq to guide the transition to self-rule.] [Senator Joseph BIDEN†- comments on the war on terror.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The unfinished business in Iraq since the war featured; scenes shown of Shiite and Sunni Muslims protesting in Baghdad against the US; details given about the possibility of civil war between the Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis. [Iraqi MAN – says we want the immediate removal of the occupation power.] [In Baghdad, Secretary of State Colin POWELL – comments on the uncertainties about the new government.] [Iraqi representative to the US Rend RAHIM†- says we have to make sure of a political system in which nobody feels disenfranchised.] [Senator Jay ROCKEFELLER – comments on the likelihood that the US military will remain in Iraq for years.] [US foreign policy expert Max BOOT†- says what we’re seeing now is a bump on the road towards Iraqi democracy.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The lessons learned by the US military from the invasion of Iraq outlined; details given about the lack of planning for the post-war phase. [3rd Infantry Division Gen. Buford BLOUNT††- comments on the willingness of the Fedayeen to fight & die.] [101st Airborne Division commander Maj. Gen. David PETRAEUS††- comments on the military’s lack of preparation to deal with looting.] [March 10, 82nd Airborne commander Maj. Gen. Charles SWANNACK†- comments on the threat from Iraqi insurgents & suicide bombers.] [US Army retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- comments on the insufficient troop strength.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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