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Iraq War / US Forces / Bush Plan #847171

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 16, 2006
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(Studio: Bill Weir) Report introduced.

(White House: Geoff Morrell) President Bush's promise to come with a new plan for the war in Iraq that could include a major surge in US troops levels there examined; map shown of where the additional troops would go to stabilize the heart of Iraq; details given of the military objections to the idea & how the troops numbers could be increased by extending tours of duty. [On Thursday, Army chief of staff Gen. Peter SCHOOMAKER†- talks about the Army.]

(Studio: Bill Weir) Report introduced.

(Washington: John Hendran) Bush's listening tour for advice on his own plan examined; details recalled about the President's tight circle of early advisers. [Lexington Inst. Loren THOMPSON†- says now there are more participants {in advice}; states Bush has not abandoned his original goals.] [BUSH - says he rejects ideas....] The ideas rejected by Bush & Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & the personnel moves being discussed noted. [Former Army chief of staff retired Gen. Jack KEANE†- says a civil war could take place in Iraq.]

(Studio: Bill Weir) The opening of a national reconciliation conference in Iraq that is being boycotted by chief Shiite leaders noted; scenes shown from Baghdad.

Weir, Bill;
Morrell, Geoff;
Hendran, John

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