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Iraq War / Bush Press Conference / Military Expansion #853767

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 20, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The Pentagon’s request for more money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan noted; the war cost for this year cited.

(White House: Jim Axelrod) President Bush’s press conference on Iraq reviewed; details given of his consideration of a US troop surge; scenes shown of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in Iraq. [BUSH – says it’s the right decision for America to stay engaged; says his decisions have caused young men and women to lose their lives.] [GATES – notes US commanders’ reaction to a surge.] [Senator Carl LEVIN†- says the president has to end this blank check to the Iraqis.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) The announcement that US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid is retiring noted.

(Studio: Katie Couric; Pentagon: David Martin) The implications of the changes at the Pentagon; the views of the military and the White House on a troop surge, and the proposal to increase the size of the military discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Statistics on active duty personnel in the Army and Marines cited.

(Decatur, Georgia: Byron Pitts) The expansion of the Army examined; statistics on Army recruitment and re-enlistment cited. [3 high school STUDENTS – explain why they joined the Junior ROTC.] [PFC Michael CHADONNET†- explains why he re-enlisted.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bob Schieffer) Exclusive interview with First Lady Laura Bush about the war previewed. [BUSH – says the violence is difficult for people to watch; talks about her husband’s decisions on the war.]

Reporter(s):
Couric, Katie;
Axelrod, Jim;
Martin, David;
Pitts, Byron;
Schieffer, Bob
Duration:
00:08:40

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