The day's second major foreign policy story involved Defense Secretary Robert Gates' visit to Kabul. NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski went along as Afghanistan suffers "a deadly spike in violence." His unidentified intelligence sources delivered troop estimates for Taliban guerrillas: 3,500 in 2004; at least 17,000 in 2007. "The Pentagon is looking to revamp its entire Afghanistan strategy, relying on lessons learned in the war in Iraq--one idea, providing arms to local friendly militias," presumably the latest euphemism for warlords. ABC conducted a Where Things Stand national public opinion survey of 1,400 Afghan civilians along with fellow broadcasters ARD and BBC, of German and Britain respectively. Anchor Charles Gibson (no link) tracked the falling approval of the US military--68% in 2005; 57% in 2006; 42% in 2007--while US reconstruction efforts get a positive 63% rating for effectiveness.
ABC also had Terry McCarthy take A Closer Look at the poverty of Chinese peasants along the Yangtze River that we would like to link to but now ABC has discontinued (text link) its News Now individual subscription service, that videostream is unavailable.
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