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USS Stark Attack / Aftermath #109223

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 19, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan noted blaming Iran for Iraqi attack on USS Stark during his Chattanooga, Tennessee, appearance; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - cites his new orders to US ships in region.] President quoted on screen; his reasoning in blaming Iran considered. [Senator Robert DOLE - calls for rethinking of United States presence in Persian Gulf.] President's aide said doubting public will accept Reagan's blame on Iran in light of his own arms sales to that cntry.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Richard Threlkeld) Contemporary United States military presence in Mideast reviewed; scenes shown. [Yesterday, Vice Admiral Henry MUSTIN - notes Stark was not in war zone.] [Prof. Marvin ZONIS - believes United States has been naive about risks.] Israeli attack in 1967 on United States spy ship USS Liberty and 1983 terrorist attack on Marine compound in Beirut, Lebanon, recalled; scenes shown. [October 24, 1983, sergeant Foster HILL - cites their helplessness in defense themselves.] [ZONIS - notes our lack of understanding in how to use military force to advance United States diplomacy ints. in Mideast.] United States military and intelligence aid to both Iran and Iraq noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Navy videotape of Stark following attack shown, discussed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Threlkeld, Richard

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