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Iraq War / Gates Trip / US Military #847455

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The financial cost of the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq noted.

(Baghdad: Jamie McIntyre) The trip by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to Iraq featured; scenes shown of him meeting with the commanders & troops in Baghdad. [GATES - says we have discussed the possibility of a surge in troops & need to hear from the Iraqis on how best we can help.] [Iraq multi-national force commander Gen. George CASEY†- says he has asked for more troops when they where needed for specific operations.] [US Central Command commander Gen. John ABIZAID - says all options are on the table.] Abizaid's plans to retire & the cost of adding troops to the Army noted. The question of whether increasing the size of the military will lead to adding more {Army & Marine} troops to Iraq discussed.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Washington: Joe Johns) A look at what the military needs & how much it will cost examined; statistics on recruits & cost cited; details given of the mixed response from Congress. [President BUSH - says we need to increase the size of the Army & Marine Corps.] [Rand Corp. Bernard ROSTKER†- says we may have to take some people we might not have taken before; states opposition to a draft.] [Representative Ike SKELTON - opposes sending the new troops to Iraq.]

Cooper, Anderson;
McIntyre, Jamie;
Johns, Joe

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