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Iraq War / Rumsfeld #826126

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 14, 2006
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) President Bush's vigorous defense of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld following the criticism from six retired generals of his handling of the war in Iraq quoted.

(White House: Martha Raddatz) Bush's endorsement of Rumsfeld featured; photos shown of the six generals who were part of the execution of the war in Iraq; details given about why the generals did not speak out earlier. [On Al Arabiya TV, RUMSFELD - downplays the disagreement of two or three people.] [On "Good Morning America," retired Army Maj. Gen. John BATISTE†- says this {resignation} would be a cleansing act; states the Secretary of Defense should support teamwork.] [Voice of Maj. Gen. John RIGGS†; on "Meet the Press," retired Marine Gen. Anthony ZINNI†- say Rumsfeld should resign.] [February 25, 2003, Army chief of staff Gen. Eric SHINSEKI†- says several hundred thousand soldiers will be needed in Iraq.] [February 27, 2003, RUMSFELD - responds.] The difficulty for these generals in deciding to make public criticisms discussed.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas; Washington: George Stephanopoulos) The president's strong endorsement of Rumsfeld & the defense of Rumsfeld by other generals concerned about the effect of criticism on the chain of command discussed.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The death of two Marines in Iraq's Al Anbar province & an attack on a convoy of Iraqi policemen reported.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Raddatz, Martha;
Stephanopoulos, George

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