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Iraq / Mission Accomplished / A Year Later #754224

CNN Evening News for Friday, Apr 30, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The picture of Iraq one year after President Bush declared the combat over reviewed; scenes shown of the banner "Mission Accomplished" on the carrier; details given about how things have gotten better in Baghdad. [Center for Strategic & International Studies Bathsheba CROCKER†- says we did not plan for the violence; notes we have not filled the vacuum on the security & political fronts.] [US Central Command commander Gen. John ABIZAID - reviews the situation in Iraq; notes the newspapers & satellites.] The senseless nature of some of the deaths in Iraq & the high casualties in April noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The financial cost of the war in Iraq reviewed; statistics cited on the cost of maintaining troops, vehicles, munitions. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - comments on the bill to be paid.] [April 21, Representative Curt WELDON†- calls the budget request "shortsighted."] ["The Pentagon'S New Map" author Thomas BARNETT†- suggests buying less combat planes.] How "mission accomplished" has become "mission expensive" noted.

Brown, Aaron;
McIntyre, Jamie

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