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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait #130627

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 08, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Statements by President Bush on United States policy against Iraq featured. [In Oval Office address, BUSH - says the puppet regime in Kuwait is unacceptable.] [At press conference, BUSH - says the military objective is to defend Saudi Arabia; says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein cannot stand up to total economic deprivation.] Risks that Bush faces in region outlined on screen. [BUSH - says "a line has been drawn in the sand."] Reaction to Bush's position reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Bob Zelnick) United States military moves reviewed; scenes shown of planes flying out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; map shown of United States Naval positions in Red Sea and Arabian Sea. [Secretary of Defense Dick CHENEY - says the situation is uncertain.] [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Colin POWELL - says Iraq has a capable military force.] Iraq's possible use of chemical weapons noted. [Brookings Institution Elisa HARRIS - says United States forces do not want to operate in a chemical environment.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Options that may occur when US military is in place in Persian Gulf region examined; details given of analysts' feelings that there will be some fighting and of "worst case" scenarios. [BUSH - expresses concerns about use of chemical weapons.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with Middle East analyst. [Georgetown University's Anthony CORDESMAN - explains what Saddam Hussein might do and the relative power of Iraqi ground and American air forces; adds that he must be prevented from uniting Arab nations with him.] Saudi Arabia noted preventing entry of United States journalists into the country.

Reporter(s):
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Zelnick, Bob
Duration:
00:10:00

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