CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 13, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(Washington: John Roberts) The reaction in Saudi Arabia to the US consideration of pulling troops out of Iraq examined; details given of the warning that Saudi Arabia might have to step in to support the Sunnis & the Saudis' concern about Iran's role in a civil war in Iraq. [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON - outlines a genocide scenario & a domino-falling scenario.] [Council on Foreign Relations Ray TAKEYH†- says two-thirds of the suicide bombers are Saudis.] [State Department spokesman Sean McCORMACK†- comments on Iran meddling in Iraqi affairs.] [White House press secretary Tony SNOW - comments on the consequences of a power vacuum.] The political implications of the Saudi involvement in Iraq noted.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The State Department "raw data" on the Saudi fortune outlined on screen.
(Studio: Anderson Cooper, Michael Ware) The threat from the Saudis to possibly support the Sunni insurgents in Iraq, the concern about regional warfare, how what the US is doing makes the allies in the region unstable, the military view that more troops are needed in Iraq, the implications of the strategy of focusing on Baghdad & the ongoing problems with the Iraqi security forces, who cannot operate on their own while their alliances are unclear, discussed.