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Afghanistan War / Obama Speech #961503

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 01, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(West Point: Chuck Todd) Tonight's speech by President Obama to explain his strategy for Afghanistan, which includes plans to deploy more US troops, utilize more NATO and Afghan troops, and a timetable for withdrawal, previewed; live shot shown from West Point. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS – says we’re putting forth a comprehensive strategy and an end game.] [Former Defense Secretary William COHEN††- explains the message to Afghan President Hamid Karzai about corruption.] [Voice of former Vice President Dick CHENEY, Senator Russ FEINGOLD† – express skepticism.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Kandahar, Afghanistan: Jim Maceda) The campaign in Afghanistan to take Kandahar province back from the Taliban featured; details given about the plan to reinforce the “ring of steel” around Kandahar city, to move more US troops into the Helmand valley and protect the main artery; scenes shown of an outpost that was fired on by insurgents. [Operations chief Gen. Ben HODGES††- calls for getting a mix of combat power and civilian aid in an area with potential to be a model.] [NATO Forces South Commander Maj. Gen. Nick CARTER†- says there is expectation we’ll have the right ratio of forces to do what we need to do.]

(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: David Gregory) How Obama will define victory in Afghanistan discussed.

Williams, Brian;
Todd, Chuck;
Maceda, Jim;
Gregory, David

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