CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 09, 1978
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(Studio) Recent tensions between Washington, DC and Moscow, precipitated by alleged Cuban involvement in Zaire with Soviet backing, noted. Continuing series in examination of US-USSR relations with regard to military part of E.-W. conflict.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Analysis of military situation in US-USSR relations Soviet films shown as well as other films, photos and maps. [Library of Congress defense analyst John COLLINS - doubts United States President would push buttons to risk suicide of United States in order to save NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Europe.] Views of Collins and other defense analysts re: Soviet willingness to attack and real purpose behind Soviet military buildup. [COLLINS - thinks Sovs. move toward trying to get opponent into corner he can't get out of; notes game can be won without firing shot in such case.] Experts' concerns about Soviet preparations for conventional war with United States and United States position on potential for war reported [Defense Secretary BROWN - states concerns Sovs. have because of uncertainty about outcome of any war and also possible escalation of conventional war.] United States officials' view of USSR stated desire to preserve detente given. [Kremlin spokesperson Georgi ARBATOV - says there is no reasonable alternative to detente.] Concerns about consequences of overreaction to tense situation by either side outlined.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas