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Afghanistan War / Obama / A Discussion #996117

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The announcement by President Obama of plans to bring the troops home from Afghanistan introduced. [OBAMA - says we are meeting our goals to move 10,000 troops out by the end of the year as our mission will change from combat to support.] A graph of the sharp rise in Americans wanting the troops out as soon as possible in the aftermath of the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden†† shown. [In 2009, OBAMA - says we must deny Al Qaeda a safe haven and strengthen Afghanistan to take lead responsibility.] The cost of US foreign aid to promote stabilization and reports on wasteful projects in Afghanistan noted. [US ambassador to Afghanistan Karl EIKENBERRY - reacts to the US being called occupiers.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Gloria Borger, David Gergen and Peter Bergen about Obama's speech on Afghanistan. [In studio, ZAKARIA - comments on Obama's strategic rationale since the surge in Afghanistan; quotes his speech; states it is a movement to a counterterrorism strategy with the shift of International Security Assistance Force commander Gen. David Petraeus to the CIA to run it; comments on the role of the Pakistani military, which is riddled with Islamic extremists, in the future of Afghanistan.] [GERGEN - comments on the "Goldilocks strategy" and how Obama is winding down in Afghanistan.] [BORGER - says the president understands the public does not want to be in Afghanistan and he has done what he said he would do with the surge.] [BERGEN - says Obama recognized the presence of the Taliban.] Other material: [In speech, OBAMA - talks about the US as an anchor of global security.]

Cooper, Anderson

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