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Afghanistan War / US Troops / Obama Decision #961366

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009
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(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(White House: Savannah Guthrie) President Obama's speech announcing his decision on a strategy for Afghanistan previewed; photo of his war council meeting shown; details given about expected troop numbers and the political battle over the war. [OBAMA - says it is his intention to finish the job.] [September 10, Speaker of the House Nancy PELOSI – says there is not a great deal of support for sending more troops.] [Representative David OBEY†- speaks of the cost.] [Voice of former Vice President Dick CHENEY – says you can’t delay and delay and delay.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The military’s reaction to Obama’s decision featured; details given about where additional troops will come from {Iraq}, the shortened timeframe for training Afghan troops and an exit strategy. [Military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- wonders if the political rhetoric will match up with the commitment of resources.] [Brookings Institution Michael O’HANLON†- says the American people deserve some sense of how long the mission might last.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Jim Maceda) The fight against the Taliban updated; scenes shown from the site of a deadly roadside bombing; map shown of the Taliban’s reach; details given about the popularity of their online videos, the perception that they are winning and the threat from IEDs. [Taliban expert Michael GRIFFIN†- notes more soldiers on the ground means more targets for the Taliban.]

Holt, Lester;
Guthrie, Savannah;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Maceda, Jim

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