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Afghanistan War / Obama's Strategy / Clinton Interview #961790

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 02, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) President Obama’s plan for Afghanistan briefly reviewed.

(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) Congressional hearings on the war strategy reviewed; details given about the confusion over the timeframe. [Last night, OBAMA – says after 18 months our troops will begin to come home.] [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES, Secretary of State Hillary CLINTON – suggest July 2011 is not a firm date.] [Senators John McCAIN, Lindsey GRAHAM, Representatives Eliot ENGEL†, Bill DELAHUNT† – raise questions.] Fights over the cost of the war noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Earlier interview held with Clinton about announcing in advance a drawdown date. [From the Capitol, CLINTON - says Obama said he wants to see the transfer of authority begin in July 2011 and it needs to be done in a responsible way that is conditions-based.]

(Kandahar: Jim Maceda) The reaction of troops in Afghanistan to Obama’s plan featured; scenes shown of soldiers watching the speech at Kandahar Airfield and of commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal addressing the troops. [2 SOLDIERS – react.] [McCHRYSTAL - says it’s a coalition to help the Afghan people shape their future; quotes Winston Churchill.] [British SOLDIER – says Afghan President Hamid Karzai is part of it too.]

Williams, Brian;
O’Donnell, Kelly;
Maceda, Jim

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