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Shake-Up / Schlesinger / Detente #237951

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 04, 1975
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Schlesinger seen overseas as man who advocates balancing detente with strong national defense Some NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) representatives disturbed. Reporter Richard Roth says quiet joy expressed in USSR .
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Schlesinger's specialty was nuclear, not political, strategy. His stand to preserve `76 defense budget was key factor in downfall. He asked Congress for $104 billion budget. House Appropriations Committee cut $7 1/2 billion. He developed into administration liability due to his warnings about USSR . He hampered Ford's efforts to get Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) started again. Schlesinger told reporter that years from now someone will ask why wasn't United States warned&he'll be able to say United States was warned (by him).
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(No location given) Detente unveiled at US-Soviet summit in `72. May, 1972 film shown. Conservatives argued that USSR got better deal.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Vladivostok, USSR ) November, 1974, film shown. United States and USSR agreed to ceiling on number of strategic weapons each country could have. Schlesinger's warning of growing Soviet power seen as exaggerated and impeded new Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreement. Kissinger says detente not something United States grants to USSR as favor or withholds as punishment. Reporter asks will Kremlin see shake-up as sign of United States weakness and demand more.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Detente becomes domestic political issue. New Defense Secretary Rumsfeld will have access to President equal to Kissinger. Voice of Pentagon strengthened.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Bernard;
Pappas, Ike

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