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Iraq War / Rumsfeld Visit / Turmoil / Bush Plan #846891

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 09, 2006
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Reports introduced.

(Baghdad: Jim Maceda) Outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's surprise farewell visit to the American troops in Iraq featured; scenes shown of sectarian violence in Karbala, Sunni burials after a US air strike on Ishaqi & a mortar attack. [Mayor Amar al-MAJAMAAI†- {thru translator} criticizes the US.] Statements from the US about the strike quoted. [Military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says there are risks of fighting in urban areas.] [Iraqi vice president Tariq al-HASHEMI†- worries about chaos in Iraq if the US withdraws.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(White House: Kevin Corke) President Bush's review of the administration's Iraq policy & a possible change of course examined; details given about the two key recommendations in the Iraq study group report. [In radio address, BUSH - says it's time for consensus.] [Presidential historian Michael BESCHLOSS†- offers perspective on Bush's response to the bipartisan report.] Findings of a "Newsweek" poll on the ISG recommendations & on whether the US is losing ground in Iraq outlined on screen. [In radio address, Representative Silvestre REYES†- says Bush's stay-the-course policy is not working.] The timetable for Bush's coming week to gather information for a new strategy outlines.

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Further coverage of the report on "Meet the Press" noted.

Seigenthaler, John;
Maceda, Jim;
Corke, Kevin

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