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Defense Department / Gates / Iraq War #853060

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 18, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The first day on the job for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The tough job ahead for Gates featured; details given about the Pentagon’s report on the situation in Iraq and about new policy options, including a short-term troop surge; scenes shown of Gates being sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney. [President BUSH – says Gates is the right man to take on these challenges.] [GATES – says failure in Iraq would be a calamity.] [Yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin POWELL††- says he is not persuaded another surge of troops into Baghdad will work.] [NBC News military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says we have to put our resources behind a political solution.]

Williams, Brian;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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