CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1983
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(Studio) United States navy bombardment of Syrian-backed Druse positions in Lebanon said most intense United States involvement since Vietnam war.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) United States naval barrage today as support for Lebanese army against alleged attacks by Palestinians and Syrians in mountains near here examined; films shown. European contingents of peacekeeping force noted concerned over mounting United States involvement. Lebanese army's display of injured prisoners of war dressed in Syrian uniform prior to his death noted, shown. [Druse FIGHTER - acknowledges lack of power against US, but claims region is prepared to repeat Vietnam in Mideast should United States so decide.] Strength of Moslem factions in Beirut described, shown; proximity of their positions to Marines mentioned. Focus of today's United States assault outlined.
REPORTER: Bob Simon
(DC) White House reported denying escalation of United States involvement in Lebanon or change of focus; administration `s rationalization of today's fighting, as presented by deputy press secretary Larry Speakes, outlined on screen, discussed. White House mentioned still battling Congress over War Powers Act; US envoy Robert McFarlane noted making no progress on cease-fire negotiations. Possible political impact of Lebanese situation on President Reagan noted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Jacksonville, North Carolina) [Marine sergeant L.C. JOHNSON - misses his children.] Impact of Johnson's tour in Lebanon on his family here examined. [Glenda JOHNSON - notes daughter's difficulty in coping with father's departure.] [Jean CUTTABACH - describes psychological strain.] Iva Burkhart's efforts noted. [sergeant Major Charles BURKHART - regrets not seeing son play soccer.] [Iva BURKHART - describes her reaction to news reports on war.] Marine officers' effort to relay correct information to families through hotline mentioned. [PRIEST - reads names of slain Marines.] [Bobbie Jean BLUFORD - wants husband Pvt. Cleary Bluford home for new baby's arrival.] [Glenda JOHNSON - supports husband's career.]
REPORTER: Sandy Gilmour