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Iraq War / Bush Plan / A Discussion #852522

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 11, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: David Gregory) President Bush's “listening tour” of meetings about Iraq war strategy featured; scenes shown from the State Department and of the “New York Post” headline depicting Iraq study group leaders James Baker and Lee Hamilton as “surrender monkeys”; details given of indications Bush will not embrace the Baker/Hamilton group’s recommendations. [BUSH – says Iraq is a central component of defeating extremists.] [Conservative activist David FRUM†- criticizes the ISG report.] [Yesterday, former Defense Policy Board member Ken ADELMAN†- suggests a strategy to win the battle of Baghdad.] [Outgoing U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN - accuses the US of abandoning its own ideas and objectives.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Live discussion held with military analysts retired Generals Barry McCaffrey† and Wayne Downing† about their meeting with Bush. [From Reagan International airport, McCAFFREY; from the Capitol, DOWNING – review different viewpoints and issues, including sending more troops and embedding trainers; comment on the war on terrorism and the perception of the public; comment on the administration’s response to the suggestions.]

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David

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