This program is 29 minutes long
(Riga, Latvia: Jim Axelrod) Bush's meeting in Amman, Jordan, tomorrow with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to discuss the violence in Iraq previewed; details given of his rejection of the Iraq study group’s recommendation to engage Iran & Syria in discussions. [In Latvia, BUSH – says he will not pull our troops off the battlefield before the mission is complete; blames Al Qaeda for the sectarian violence.] The administration’s position on dealing with Iran & Syria discussed.
(Studio: Katie Couric) Bush’s refusal to set a timetable for US troop withdrawal noted.
(Pentagon: David Martin) The deliberations of the Iraq study group as the administration acknowledges the war has entered a new phase reviewed; details given of the increase in size of the Shiite militia. [CBS News terrorism analyst Michael SCHEUER- says it’s not possible for the US to bring the violence under control.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Live in-studio interview held with Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haass about Bush’s position on Iraq. [HAASS – says he does not believe Bush’s assertion about Al Qaeda; says there will not be a completion of the mission; states Bush understands his presidency will be judged by how the US fares in Iraq; notes we need to think about how to reduce our losses and invest elsewhere.] The threat from Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s supporters to pull out of Iraq’s government if the Bush-Maliki meeting takes place noted.
(Baghdad: Elizabeth Palmer) Al-Sadr profiled; details given about his Mahdi army militia, his background and his political power; scenes shown of a march commemorating the murder of his father, a grand ayatollah, by President Saddam Hussein’s assassins.
(Studio: Katie Couric) The search for the pilot of an F-16 that crashed yesterday near Fallujah noted; scenes shown of the wreckage at Al Garma. Plans to broadcast "CBS Evening News" from Amman, Jordan, the next two nights reported.
(Ankara: Allen Pizzey) Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Turkey featured; scenes shown from Ankara and his visit to the tomb of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk; details given of the lingering anger over his speech about Islam and his position on Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. [Bahcesehir University Deniz Ulke ARIBOGAN- says this visit could be an opportunity for our government to show they have a secular vision.] [POPE – calls for dialogue between Christians and Muslims.]
(Studio: Jon LaPook) Weight reduction surgery for obese teens featured; animation shown of the gastric banding procedure. [Teens Jodie BABICH, Daniel CASTRO- comment on their struggle with their weight and how they feel better now.] [NYU Medical Center Dr. George FIELDING- says it’s the only treatment that works for the morbidly obese.] [CDC Dr. William DIETZ- says we’re committing this child to a life-long lap band.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) More information on the CBS Website noted.
(Dead Sea: Richard Roth) The dropping level of the Dead Sea, which is threatening the areas surrounding it, featured; scenes shown; details given about the diversion of the Jordan River by Israel, Jordan and Syria for drinking water and irrigation. [Friends of the Earth Gidon BROMBERG- says it is dying because the waters that used to feed it are no longer flowing; states the demise of the Dead Sea is connected to the inability of the parties to sit around a table and strike that fair balance.]
(Studio: Katie Couric) Tomorrow’s broadcast from Amman, Jordan, noted.