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Mideast / Lebanon / United States Marines #285178

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 06, 1982
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(Studio) President Reagan reported considering sending United States Marines to Lebanon. Announcement said coming via Israeli radio.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Los Angeles, California) Reagan said ready to send United States combat troops to escort PLO out of Lebanon and join international peacekeeping force. [REAGAN - quotes Lebanon government as suggesting United States presence.] Size of United States commitment considered. Use of United States Sixth Fleet to take guerrillas to other Mideast cities said also under consideration. France reported also agreeing to send ships and soldiers' at PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) request. Necessity of administration notifying Congress of this action noted. Congress reaction said mixed. [Senator Howard BAKER - does not think it wise to put American fighting men in Mideast.] [Senator Carl LEVIN - believes public will support the effort.] Larry Speakes quoted on subject of armed guerrillas aboard United States ships.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(DC) President Dwight Eisenhower's sending of Marines to Lebanon in 1950's recalled. Scenes shown. Current Defense Department film of United States ships in eastern Mediterranean shown. Possible activities of Sixth Fleet and United States troops considered. Pvt. vessel sailing under United States protection said possibility for transporting PLO. June 24, 1982, scenes aboard ships shown. Possible destinations of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) evacuees considered.

(Studio) Earlier Pentagon reservations with regard to United States troops in Lebanon recalled. Caspar Weinberger quoted with regard to dangers.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McManus, Jim;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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