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Afghanistan War / Obama / The Troops / Senator Interviews #996102

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011
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(Washington: Scott Pelley) The US casualties in the war in Afghanistan cited.

(White House: Chip Reid) President Obama's decision to start bringing troops home from Afghanistan as the US mission changes featured; details given about the specifics of troop withdrawal from now to 2014 and the politics of his decision.

(Washington: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: David Martin) The view from the military of the president's troop withdrawal plan examined; Pentagon officials quoted about the troop timetable and the financial savings/cost of the war noted.

(Washington: Scott Pelley) Report introduced.

(Kabul: Mandy Clark) The view of Afghanis of what will happen in their country as US troops leave and the civilian deaths here featured; details given from a negative NATO report on the training of Afghan troops. [Afghan WOMAN - calls withdrawal a mistake.] [Afghan MAN - worries about the Taliban.]

(Washington: Scott Pelley) The political debate over the exit strategy in Afghanistan reviewed. [Senator Joe MANCHIN - says we must choose between rebuilding Afghanistan or the US.] [Senator John McCAIN - criticizes Manchin's remarks.] Interviews with the two senators presented. [McCAIN - talks about the realities of the fighting season in Afghanistan and the case against withdrawing too early; states the US can do both: the US and Afghanistan.] [MANCHIN - says it is time to go back to the war on terror, but we cannot afford the cost in Afghanistan that maybe cannot be rebuilt.]

(Washington: Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer) How the politics of this war is changing with the president between a rock and a hard place since the capture of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden†† and the people's concern about the financial cost of being there discussed.

(Washington: Scott Pelley) CBS News coverage of the President's address noted.

Pelley, Scott;
Reid, Chip;
Martin, David;
Clark, Mandy

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