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Iraq War / Withdrawal Timetable / A Discussion #856371

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Mar 29, 2007
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[On Comedy Central, comic Jon STEWART - jokes about when we may leave Iraq.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Senate passage of a war-spending bill with a deadline for the US troops in Iraq noted.

(Washington: Tom Foreman) What pulling out of Iraq on a deadline would mean examined; details given about the complications of withdrawing troops and equipment from all over the country; map shown. [Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Don SHEPPERD†- calls announcing a withdrawal from Iraq "dumb" because it would enable the enemy to control the situation.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with retired Brig. Gen. James "Spider" Marks, Council on Foreign Relations Steve Simon and CNN's Michael Ware about a withdrawal; inset war footage shown. [SIMON - says at some point a deadline will be put forward so the US can plan for a systematic withdrawal; suggests violence in other provinces has gone up while the troop level has gone up in Baghdad; states the public wants us out of there.] [MARKS - says a timeline does not do much good because it gives the bad guys a timeline, too; states we did not "hold" in Tal Afar and we have to establish a normalcy in Iraq; comments on the US military and political cycles and the need for Congress to be quiet now.] [In Baghdad, WARE - outlines the falsehood of the deadline scenario re: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who already knows he is on borrowed time; says the dynamics of the war are not being addressed so Maliki and the US are cutting deals now.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Foreman, Tom

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