CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
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[President BUSH - says we are going to win in Iraq.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.
(White House: Suzanne Malveaux) The state of the war in Iraq as Bush gave his holiday news conference featured. [BUSH - promises a new way forward that will succeed in Iraq; notes his decisions have cause young men & women to lose their lives; defends his decision to invade Iraq; reasserts victory is achievable; says he will not make predictions about Iraq.]
(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's John King & former presidential adviser David Gergen about Bush's stance today. [KING - assesses Bush's news conference in which he is still biding his time for a changing strategy; explains why he held a year-end news conference so he can rebuild his credibility with the American people; comments on the view of the Democrats on the administration's decision.] [GERGEN - says it is a turnaround for the administration to state we need a troop buildup before sending more troops into Iraq; comments on the announcement that US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid will retire early perhaps in response to a surge in troops in Iraq; says Bush's uncertainty leads to a lack of public confidence.]