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Iraq War / Abizaid / Politicians / Gordon Interview #844616

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 15, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The appearance by US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid before the Senate Armed Services Committee reviewed; details given of his positions on US troops & Iraqi security forces in the war in Iraq. [ABIZAID - says we need flexibility, not timetables, that more American troops is not a solution.] [Senator Carl LEVIN - says Iraqis have embarked on a civil war.] Statement from CIA director Gen. Mike Hayden about the formidable obstacles in Iraq quoted. [HAYDEN - says we are dealing with deep historical forces.] The clash between political & military thought on the war discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The general dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Dana Bash) The views of two Republicans at the committee hearings on the war examined. [Senator John WARNER - speaks about the civil disruption in Iraq.] [In response to questions, ABIZAID - says we can move forward; agrees more American troops would have helped before & that the status quo is not acceptable; states he feels despair when in Washington, but not in Iraq.] [Senators John McCAIN, Hillary CLINTON - raise questions.] [WARNER, LEVIN - want a bipartisan agreement.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with "Cobra II" author Michael Gordon about Iraq. [GORDON - says Abizaid told us the way it is in Iraq with withdrawal not being feasible; states only the US military stands against civil war in Iraq; outlines the problems with the political reliability of the Iraqi security forces; notes what Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki could be doing & how US pressure will not work because many factions would like the troops to leave; indicates everyone is trying to develop a plan B for Iraq.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The "raw data" on Iraqis living in the dark outlined on screen.

Cooper, Anderson;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Bash, Dana

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