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Afghanistan War / Eikenberry and Obama #996051

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011
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(Studio: Scott Pelley) Two reports on the US exit strategy for Afghanistan introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) A rebuke to Afghanistan from US ambassador Karl Eikenberry featured. [At a university in Afghanistan, EIKENBERRY - criticizes Afghanistan: while the US is giving financial aid and the lives of soldiers, who are being called occupiers.] Eikenberry's 2009 cable to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton critical of Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai quoted. [May 31, KARZAI - says Afghanistan is not an occupied country.]

(Studio: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(White House: Chip Reid) President Obama's decision on bringing troops home from Afghanistan that will be given in a speech tomorrow previewed; details given about the three arguments for expedited withdrawal. [Secretary of Defense Robert GATES - says the president has to take into account sustainability at home.] How rapid the troop drawdown could be discussed.

(Studio: Scott Pelley) The cost of the war in Afghanistan at 443 billion dollars and tomorrow's coverage of the speech noted.

Pelley, Scott;
Martin, David;
Reid, Chip

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