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Iraq War / Bush Press Conference / Military Expansion #853750

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: Kelly O’Donnell) President Bush’s press conference in which he addressed the Iraq war reviewed; details given of changes in his position; scenes shown of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates with US troops in Iraq. [BUSH – says one option is increasing more troops {sic}; says we’re not succeeding as fast as he wanted; states the opinion of his commanders is very important.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The reaction of military officials to Bush’s push for expanding US forces featured.

(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: Tim Russert) The challenge for Bush to convince the public to support a troop surge and the likely responses from the Democratic Congress and Bush’s conservative base discussed; poll findings on Bush’s handling of Iraq cited.

(Studio: Brian Williams) The announcement that US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid will retire next March, and the Pentagon’s request for more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan noted; war budget for 2007 cited.

Williams, Brian;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Russert, Tim

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