This program is 29 minutes long
(West Point: Chuck Todd) Tonight's speech by President Obama to explain his strategy for Afghanistan, which includes plans to deploy more US troops, utilize more NATO and Afghan troops, and a timetable for withdrawal, previewed; live shot shown from West Point. [White House press secretary Robert GIBBS – says we’re putting forth a comprehensive strategy and an end game.] [Former Defense Secretary William COHEN- explains the message to Afghan President Hamid Karzai about corruption.] [Voice of former Vice President Dick CHENEY, Senator Russ FEINGOLD – express skepticism.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Kandahar, Afghanistan: Jim Maceda) The campaign in Afghanistan to take Kandahar province back from the Taliban featured; details given about the plan to reinforce the “ring of steel” around Kandahar city, to move more US troops into the Helmand valley and protect the main artery; scenes shown of an outpost that was fired on by insurgents. [Operations chief Gen. Ben HODGES- calls for getting a mix of combat power and civilian aid in an area with potential to be a model.] [NATO Forces South Commander Maj. Gen. Nick CARTER- says there is expectation we’ll have the right ratio of forces to do what we need to do.]
(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: David Gregory) How Obama will define victory in Afghanistan discussed.
(Parkland, Washington: George Lewis) The end of the manhunt in Washington with the fatal shooting of Maurice Clemmons, who was wanted in the murders of 4 police officers, reviewed; scenes shown of makeshift memorials for the victims and of Douglas and Eddie Davis, who where charged with aiding Clemmons, and Ricky Hinton, and of the procession carrying the bodies of the slain officers; police radio transmissions played; photos shown of Clemmons. [RESIDENT – reacts.] [Seattle police department assistant Chief Jim PUJOL, acting Chief John DIAZ- describe what happened when Clemmons was spotted in a stolen car.] [Victim Greg Richards’ sister-in-law Melanie BURWELL- says no amount of justice is going to be enough.]
(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The statements from White House party crashers Tareq and Michaela Salahi about their presence at the state dinner for India’s prime minister reviewed; details given about their connection to Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives” show and about correspondence between them and Pentagon official Michele Jones; e—mail from Tareq to Jones quoted. [On "Today," Michaela and Tareq SALAHI - say we were not crashers; speak of evidence proving they were invited.]
(Las Vegas: Chris Jansing) The big gamble for Las Vegas with the opening of the City Center development featured; scenes shown of the ribbon-cutting at the huge complex; details given about the financial woes of developers Dubai World and MGM. [lasvegasadvisory.com Anthony CURTIS- states they got hit with the economy.] [MGM Mirage CEO Jim MURREN- comments on the decision to go ahead with the project.]
(Ft. Campbell, Kentucky: Ron Mott) The reaction of military families to Obama’s announcement featured; scenes shown from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. [Sgt. Paul MEACHAM – says his men are ready to deploy; says it’s terrible to leave your family.] [Meacham’s wife “DORIS”- comments on being apart.] [Ft. Hood soldier’s daughter Kayla MASON, wife Tina MASON- comment on their dad/husband who is already in Afghanistan.]