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Campaign 2008 / Obama vs. McCain / Global Trip / Afghanistan #899109

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jul 17, 2008
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Reports that the US troops will not be getting reinforcements in the war in Afghanistan noted.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) Senator Barack Obama's global trip to leave impressions behind overseas previewed; details given about the political risk for Obama on the tour. [Senator Evan BAYH†- says he will show he will be a strong commander-in-chief.] [Senator John McCAIN - calls it a political event; says Obama is naive about Iraq.] [CNN European political editor Robin OAKLEY†- says we don't know what he will do; states the feeling that it is like Camelot.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) McCain's criticism of Obama on Afghanistan noted. [McCAIN - says he has never had a hearing on Afghanistan.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Crowley, Peter Bergen and "Vanity Fair"'s Sebastian Junger about Afghanistan. [In studio, JUNGER - recounts his year with one American platoon on the ground in Afghanistan; states Pakistan is an "enormous problem" because the insurgents are helped by the military apparatus in Pakistan.] [From Kabul, BERGEN - says it is an under-resourced war in numbers and money for reconstruction; comments on Obama's proposal for a residual force for Iraq.] [From Washington, CROWLEY - comments on the press coverage of Obama's international trip to show his credentials to the voter; outlines the huge risk for Obama in travelling to Iraq and Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Crowley, Candy

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