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Iraq War / Bush Plan / Violence / A Discussion #847067

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 12, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The announcement from President Bush's administration of no action on a new plan for the war in Iraq until after New Year noted; poll figures on Bush's handling of the war cited.

(White House: Ed Henry) The delay in a Bush war plan examined; scenes shown of Bush meeting with the Iraqi vice president. [BUSH - says he {the vice president} will work for a united Iraq.] [White House press secretary Tony SNOW - says it will not happen until the New Year; states the president is the commander-in-chief; says the touchstone is not the Iraq study group report.] Word that Bush is considering sending more troops to Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) A mass murder in Baghdad introduced.

(Baghdad: Nic Robertson) A suicide bomb blast at a job site center that could be a sectarian attack aimed at Shiites featured; scenes shown from the blast area. [Multi-national Corps-Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Peter CHIARELLI†- speaks about the level of security & jobs for Iraqis; wishes we had more assistance in the economic area.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with "Cobra II" author Michael Gordon & Robertson about the war in Iraq. [GORDON - says it is a complicated issue to send more troops; notes American commanders in Iraq are not pushing for more troops & that the focus is now on Baghdad to help stabilize the city; calls the ISG proposal idea unrealistic.] [ROBERTSON - talks about the insurgency, the militias & sectarian violence & the sense that a decision has to be made quickly; states the Sunnis now want American troops in while the majority want the soldiers out.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The "raw data" from the Brookings Inst. on US casualties in Iraq from IEDs outlined on screen.

Cooper, Anderson;
Henry, Ed;
Robertson, Nic

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