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US-Libya Rel. / Plane Incident #278990

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1981
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(Studio) President Reagan's defense of United States downing of Libyan planes quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(USS Constellation) Reagan's tour of USS Constellation featured; films shown. [REAGAN - discusses incident with Libyan planes; denies trying to destabilize Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi's government] Reagan's movie, "Hellcats of the Navy", recalled. [REAGAN - praises seamen.] Activities viewed by President described, shown. Reagan's description of USSR and various decisions he's made since taking office outlined.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) "Newsweek's" report of administration's challenge to Kadhafi recalled, shown. [Rear Admiral (ret.) Eugene CARROLL - discusses implications of magazine article and ensuing US-Libya confrontation.] 1973 clash between the 2 ntns. recalled, discussed. [Former Navy pilot David McLINTOCK - recalls orders to provoke Libyan planes.] Pentagon's response to McLintock's allegations mentioned. Edwin Meese reported denying Navy's provocation of Kadhafi. [CARROLL - questions administration's sense of security]

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tripoli, Libya) Anti-American demonstrations in Benghazi shown, discussed; interview with pilots allegedly involved in incident outlined. Films shown. Lack of official announcements of retaliation said possibly changing with Kadhafi's return from Ethiopia.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) Kadhafi's call for Arab mobilization quoted; international reaction to incident discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Norfolk, Virginia) F-14 crews involved in dogfight noted all members of Black Aces, top fighter organization; Commander Henry Kleeman, Lieutenant David Venlet, Lieutenant Lawrence Michael Muczynski and Lieutenant James Anderson discussed. Photos shown.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Engberg, Eric;
Kladstrup, Don;
McManus, Jim;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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