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(Studio) Retired General Dan. Graham's concern over failure rate of helicopters used in Iran rescue attempt noted; Graham quoted. Failure of mission noted raising other questions as well.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Concern over questionable ability of United States armed forces to succeed on broader level noted arising from Iran fiasco. [Rear admiral C. A. HILL, Admiral Thomas MOORER (ret.) - criticize Iran operation.] Other exs. of mil. incompetence cited as 1968 Pueblo incident, November 1970 Son Tay, Vietnam, POW rescue attempt, May 1975 Mayaguez seizure; each incident detailed, film; photos shown. Allegations with regard to Vietnam's effect on overall United States military capability outlined. [Defense analyst Edward LUTTWAK - discusses situation.] [Pentagon spokesperson Thomas ROSS - comments.] Navy's personnel shortage, grounding of large number of Air Force fighter aircraft due to maintenance problems and Army's overall problems outlined. [Senator Sam NUNN - comments.] House rejection of 1981 Pentagon budget increases reported.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
- Pappas, Ike;
- Rather, Dan
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