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Iraq War / Political Debate / Troop Timetable #854320

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 08, 2007
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Capitol Hill: Jake Tapper) A dramatic day as Democratic leaders launched an effort to end the war in Iraq featured; details given of the legislation to withdraw troops from Iraq soon and the obstacles to both bills. [Senator Harry REID - calls for a change in course.] [Speaker of the House Nancy PELOSI - cites the benchmarks.] [Representative David OBEY - calls for fighting the right war in the right place.] [President BUSH - wants funding for troops without delays.] [Republican Representative John BOEHNER†- responds to the Democrats' micromanaging.]

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The warning from new commander Gen. David Petraeus on how long the US troops may need to stay in Iraq noted.

(Pentagon: Jonathan Karl) The timetable for the troop surge in Iraq examined; scenes shown of soldiers in Baghdad; details given about the suggestions for a drawdown because of the strain on the Army. [PETRAEUS - says there is no military solution to the problem of the insurgency in Iraq; states it will be until June before all troops are in position.] [Georgetown University professor Bruce HOFFMAN†- cites the realism about the surge.] The extension of the Baghdad plan to towns beyond noted.

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Tapper, Jake;
Karl, Jonathan

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