This program is about 1 hour long
(Studio: Aaron Brown) "The Whip" introduced.
(White House: John King; Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre; Baghdad: Jim Clancy; Washington: Candy Crowley) "NewsNight"'s major headlines previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Page two & a half: more stories previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) President Bush's speech & evening press conference introduced.
(White House: John King) Bush's address on Iraq featured. [BUSH - says it's a tough time for the American people, that neither Iraq nor the US support an indefinite occupation, that the Vietnam-Iraq analogy is false.] What Bush said about the terrorist threat before September 11 & about Bush's need to make a strong statement about Iraq & the war against terrorism discussed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Jamie McIntyre) The Pentagon reaction to Bush's news conference about the situation in Iraq reviewed; details given about the request from US Central Command commander Gen. John Abizaid for more troops, the need to keep some troops in Iraq longer, where new troops will come from, what is known about the four bodies discovered near the location where the fuel convoy was attacked on Friday with contractors going missing, what is known about the fate of captured truck driver Thomas Hamill.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The situation in Iraq today briefly reviewed.
(Baghdad: Jim Clancy) The flare-up in Fallujah, the fate of kidnap victims & coalition pressure in Najaf on Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr featured; scenes shown of Marines fighting at night against the insurgents, of a downed helicopter, of hostages from several nations. [Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan SENOR - says Fallujah is a hotbed for foreign fighters.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The stinging criticism of the FBI by the commission investigating the attacks on September 11 introduced.
(Washington: Kelli Arena) The day's commission hearings featured. [In response to question from commission member Richard Ben-Veniste, former acting FBI director Thomas PICKARD- states Attorney General John Ashcroft did now want to hear about terrorism; comments on communicating with agents about the terrorist threat.] [ASHCROFT - offers denial; comments on the "wall" inside the government.] [Commission chair Thomas KEAN- comments on the FBI.] The Wednesday testimony from FBI director Robert Mueller & CIA director George Tenet previewed.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live roundtable discussion held with CNN anchor Judy Woodruff, "National Review"'s Jonah Goldberg & "Wall Street Journal"'s John Harwood about the war in Iraq, the hearings of the commission investigating September 11 & President Bush's evening press conference. [GOLDBERG - assesses Bush's news conference; outlines the "bad hand" that the White House is being dealt.] [HARWOOD - assesses Bush's statements; states the preeminent problem for Bush is justifying Iraq.] [WOODRUFF - says Bush feels he has nothing to apologize for & is trying to persuade the American people that the war in Iraq will make us safer from terrorism.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.
(Washington: Candy Crowley) The reaction of presidential candidate Senator John Kerry to events affecting his opponent, President Bush, featured; scenes shown of Kerry on the campaign trail; details given of Kerrey's specifics on Iraq. [KERRY - says he would challenge the world to become involved in the outcome of what happens in Iraq; states this president owes Americans an explanation.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with "The Future of Freedom" author Fareed Zakaria about the situation in Iraq. [ZAKARIA - says the real danger is not the violence, but the spiralling anti-American mood in Iraq; explains the Iraqi reaction to the pummeling in Fallujah by a powerful force which does not who it is hitting in the massive retaliation; state the US has burned a lot of bridges with the international community & did not work on the "legitimacy problem" re: Iraq; suggests President Bush should seek bipartisan support for the "war."]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) CNN exclusive taped interview held with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. [From Houston, MUBARAK - comments on the planned unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, the problem of securing the Egyptian border, how security could work in Iraq with foreign forces pulling out; recalls he suggested an international conference to deal with the problem of terrorism.]
The latest American casualties in Iraq listed on screen.
(Studio: Aaron Brown) Today's hearings by the commission investigation the attacks on September 11 that focused on the FBI reviewed. [former FBI director Louis FREEH - outlines the problems preventing the FBI from doing its job re: terrorism; says if the FBI had the sources, 9/11 terrorism could have been prevented.] [Former Attorney General Janet RENO - says the FBI did not know what it had.] [Former acting FBI director Thomas PICKARD- comments on the handling of the volume of information on terrorist threats.] [Former director of the CIA's counterterrorism center Cofer BLACK- says he knows the enemy & we knew what we were up against, but "I failed my people" but the shortage of money & people hurt our analysis.] [Attorney General John ASHCROFT - says the government blinded itself to our enemies, agents were handcuffed by restrictions & the intelligence system was destined to fail.] [In response to questions from commission member Timothy Roemer, ASHCROFT - says findings Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden should be our objective.]
(Studio: Aaron Brown) The headlines of today's morning newspapers presented; front pages shown from the papers from the "International Herald Tribune"; "Christian Science Monitor"; Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Iowa; Detroit, Dallas & Chicago.