This program is 28 minutes long
(West Point: Jake Tapper) Tonight's speech at West Point by President Obama to lay out his war plan for Afghanistan previewed; details given about the deployment of 30,000 troops whose mission will be to defeat the Taliban, train Afghan forces, stabilize Pakistan & set a date for leaving. [Senators John McCAIN, Russ FEINGOLD - offer differing opinions on this troop deployment.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) How the president is conflicted, his team was divided, his need to put his stamp of strategy & the imperative for an exit plan discussed.
(Studio: Charles Gibson; Washington: Martha Raddatz) The ambitious goal for getting Marines & the Army deployed in Afghanistan, the problem of a lack of infrastructure & whether Afghan troops can be trained discussed.
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.
(Kandahar: Nick Schifrin) The manhunt in Kandahar to find insurgents now that the Taliban are back & how new troops will be used featured; scenes shown from the city that fears the strength of the Taliban. [Kandahar city battlespace commander Maj. Frederic JEAN- outlines the needs in the city.] [1st platoon, 293rd military police, Lt. Danielle CHAMPAGNE- talks about the security issue.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) ABC News coverage of the president's speech announced.
(Orlando: John Berman) The four-day media frenzy over Woods's car crash featured; 911 phone call played; details given about new reports of infidelity. [Florida Highway Patrol Maj. Cindy WILLIAMS- cites careless driving.] [Sgt. Kim MONTES- says there are no criminal charges.] [Attorney for 911 caller Bill SHARPE- says they witnessed no domestic violence.]
(Washington: Pierre Thomas) the statements from socialites Tareq & Michaela Salahi about their presence at the state dinner at the White House featured. [On "Today," Michaela & Tareq SALAHI - says we were not crashers.] A statement from Pentagon spokesman Michele Jones about the Salahis quoted. [Representative Bennie THOMPSON - expresses security concerns about the white House.]
(Johannesburg, South Africa: David Muir) The toll of AIDS in South Africa, where there is still a stigma over the disease, featured; scenes shown of a family of orphans whose parents died of AIDS. [Two CHILDREN - talk about their late mother & their dreams.] [School VOLUNTEER - comments on the boy.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The importance of World AIDS day mentioned.
(New York: Ned Potter) The year as revealed in Google searches reviewed; examples cited of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, social networking sites, but not Barack Obama. [Google vice president of search products Marissa MAYER- comments on searches, including those for comfort foods.]