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Iraq War / Endgame / Gergen Interview #846804

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Dec 07, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) President Bush's view of the war in Iraq examined; scenes shown from his press conference after his meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair; details given about the Bush-Blair relationship & the recommendations from the bipartisan Iraq study group. [BUSH - says he is disappointed by the pace of success; states he understands how tough it is in Iraq & we have not succeeded as fast as he wanted; believes we will prevail; says he & Blair read the ISG report.] [BLAIR - says we have to get the right way forward.] Whether Bush will follow parts of the report & what the White House believes about the war discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The question of whether we are winning the war in Iraq introduced.

(Washington: John Roberts) The mixed signals about the war examined; details recalled of the administration's views in the early days in Iraq. [President's counselor Dan BARTLETT, BUSH - say we are winning.] [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON - assesses the "happy talk" about winning.] [Two days ago, Secretary of Defense-designate Robert GATES - admits we are not winning.] [Senator Jack REED - says we are in danger of losing in Iraq; states it has been about a message, not a strategy.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live in-studio interview held with former presidential adviser David Gergen about the war. [GERGEN - says Bush, like other presidents, wants to believe we are winning the war; comments on the Iraq study group report, which is fundamentally a view about disengagement; suggests Bush will look toward the military recommendations because the president wants to hang in there; states if Bush is wrong, the consequences could be serious.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Malveaux, Suzanne;
Roberts, John

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