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Afghanistan War / Obama's Strategy / Congress / Gates Interview #953998

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 02, 2009
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(Washington: Charles Gibson) The debate over President Obama's new strategy for the war in Afghanistan introduced.

(White House: Jake Tapper) The skeptical questions from Congress to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates & Joint Chief Adm. Mike Mullen featured; scenes shown from the hearings; details given about the troop surge, Afghan troops to be trained, a timetable for withdrawal & cost. [MULLEN - says it is a new strategy.] [Representative William DELLAHUNT, Senators Carl LEVIN, John McCAIN - offer views on the war.] [GATES - comments on the strategy.] [CLINTON - raises the cost issues.]

(Washington: Charles Gibson) Earlier interview held with Gates about Afghanistan. [GATES - says July 2011 is the beginning of a gradual withdrawal following a reassessment in December of 2010; states we are making it clear to the Afghans they have to accept responsibility; notes we have established benchmarks to be evaluated in late 2010; agrees there will be an increase in casualties; indicates war has never been popular among the people.]

(Washington: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Jim Sciutto) The call to action in Afghanistan from US commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal featured; scenes shown of him talking to the troops & of Afghans in Kabul reacting to the US plans; details given about training of Afghan forces. [McCHRYSTAL - says we will do it, but there will be more frustration.] [Army CMS David HENRY†- comments.]

Gibson, Charles;
Tapper, Jake;
Sciutto, Jim

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