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Afghanistan War / Obama's Strategy / Petraeus Interview / A Discussion (Part I) #954012

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 02, 2009
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The administration's selling of President Obama's troop surge for the war in Afghanistan introduced; scenes shown from Congressional hearings. [Representative Gary ACKERMAN - raises a question about the war.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES - says it is a dynamic war.] [Senator John McCAIN - talks against a return date.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Interview held with US Central Command Gen. David Petraeus about Afghanistan. [PETRAEUS - talks about the date for a start of the pullout & the reasons for setting it.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with US Inst. of Peace author Robin Wright, CNN's David Gergen, Chris Lawrence, Peter Bergen & Michael Ware about Afghanistan. [GERGEN - comments on setting a drawdown date & the politics of the decision.] [WARE - says the deadline assists the Taliban & is about American domestic politics.] [WRIGHT - outlines what can happen in the next 18 months.] [BERGEN - says the deadline is directed to the Afghan government.]

Cooper, Anderson

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