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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 01, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) President Obama's speech tonight from West Point about his plans to finish the job in Afghanistan previewed; details given about the strategy of using more troops to put down the Taliban & Al Qaeda & start pulling troops out in 2011.

(West Point: Chip Reid) How Obama will get the troops deployed & out in 2011 reviewed; details given about the troop numbers & timetable for deployment, the pace of withdrawal as troops stay to train Afghan forces, the efforts in Pakistan. [Senators John McCAIN, Russ FEINGOLD - offer views on Afghanistan.] The issue of the political fallout for the White House from this troop decision discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Where we stand in Afghanistan 8 years later introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Indications things are no longer getting worse in Afghanistan examined; details given about the nature of this war: clear, hold & build. [For "60 Minutes," on August 26, US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McCHRYSTAL - suggests things have bottomed out.] [On August 31, Capt. Paul SHEPARD - says we have flooded the area with soldiers.] [Brookings Inst. Michael O'HANLON - offers an assessment.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Mandy Clark) A new effort to persuade members of the Taliban to leave their ranks featured; scenes shown of fighting & of former Taliban members; details given about the program of paying Taliban. [US Inst. of Peace John DEMPSEY†- says this is the only option: political dialogue with insurgents.]

(Studio: Katie Couric; Washington: Lara Logan) The problem of training an Afghan army & police & the status of the civil war & US combat troops in Iraq discussed.

Reporter(s):
Couric, Katie;
Reid, Chip;
Martin, David;
Clark, Mandy;
Logan, Lara
Duration:
00:10:00

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