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(Studio: Rick Sanchez) President Bush’s meeting with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to discuss Iraq strategy noted; statistics on deployed US troops during this Christmas holiday cited.
(White House: Elaine Quijano) The discussions on Iraq policy at Camp David reviewed; photo shown of Bush with Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace; details given of options for Iraq, including a temporary troop surge to stabilize Baghdad; scenes shown of Gates in Iraq.
(Studio: Rick Sanchez) Earlier interview held with CNN military analyst Brig. Gen. David Grange about the possibility of reinstating the military draft. [GRANGE – outlines the problems with sending units back to Iraq; notes mobilizing National Guard and reserve forces pulls out homeland and local security forces; proposes a national service where everyone serves but not necessarily in the armed forces; doubts we have the training base to train draftees.] Last Call question introduced.
- Sanchez, Rick;
- Quijano, Elaine
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