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Detente or Cold War? / House Committee Letter #258255

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 12, 1978
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(Studio) Recent rhetoric in US-USSR relations recalled. Disclosure by 14 members of House International Relations Committee that they've written letter to President Carter inquiring about United States policy toward USSR reported Secretary of State Vance's response stated. Report on continuing series concerns congress sentiment with regard to recent developments in US-USSR relations
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Congress hawks' discontentment with President Carter's handling of foreign policy, especially in military matters of B-1 bomber, neutron bomb and cuts in Navy shipbuilding, outlined. Congress doves' dissatisfaction with arms sales to Saudi Arabia and views that Carter hard line with Sovs. kills chance of ratification of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) reported [Senator Frank CHURCH - is concerned about current attitude in Washington, DC about Sovs.] Views of some that Carter takes hard line to bolster support for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and to boost own popularity. [Senator George McGOVERN - comments on temptation for President to use hardline stand on Communism to make self look strong and decisive, as there's always anti-Soviet feeling boiling under surface in American] [Senator Howard BAKER - comments on extent of Soviet involvement in Africa and own view that it should be linked to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations. Says there is linkage and that Sovs. understand that; remarks that Americans are foolish if they don't also.] CIA director Turner's briefing of key congress leaders with regard to alleged Cuban involvement in Africa noted; concern over administration rhetoric by congress vets of Vietnam war controversy reported [House International Relations Committee chairperson Clement ZABLOCKI - states that there's usual only one spokesperson for President in foreign affairs, Secretary State. Describes confusion in Congress and worldwide due to conflicting signals.] Impact of election year on congress view of Carter policies examined.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil
Duration:
00:04:40

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