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US-USSR Relations / Schweitzer #273926

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 20, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) National security council staff member Major General Robert Schweitzer reported claiming US-USSR drift towards war; council director Richard Allen's reaction noted; audio of Schweitzer's remarks played, transcribed on screen. Allen quoted on screen as well. [President REAGAN - denies credibility of statement.] Major General Robert C. Kingston's address to same group re: rapid deployment force quoted.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

(DC) National security implications of Schweitzer's remarks considered; alleged conflicts between Allen, Edwin Meese, Michael Deaver and Secretary of State Alexander Haig considered. Issues of State Department-White House communications regarding Richard Nixon's Mideast tour and AWACS discussed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Rear Admiral James Nance reported assuming Schweitzer's cncl. responsibilities.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Duvall, Jed;
Rather, Dan;
Schieffer, Bob

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