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Mideast / Lebanon Crisis / Jackson Trip / Marine Presence Controversy #293141

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jan 01, 1984
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(Studio) Syrians reported still holding Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman captive and Democratic presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson reported still in Syria. Promised meeting for Jackson with Syria President Hafez al-Assad noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Damascus, Syria) Jackson's tour of refugee camp reported [JACKSON - (thru interpreter) speaks to refugees.] Questions with regard to why Assad would release an American on humanitarian grounds, especially in light of Syrian demands for cessation of US reconnaissance flights in Lebanon, noted. [JACKSON - comments on reasons for Assad to release Goodman.]

(Studio) Effect of Jackson's Syrian visit on Reagan administration and campaign reported.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Palm Springs, California) Response of Reagan administration to Jackson trip and effect on possible release of Goodman discussed. United States ambassador meeting with Jackson in Damascus noted. File tape of President Assad shown.
REPORTER: John Ferrugia

(Studio) Bombing of French cultural center in Tripoli, Lebanon, reported. Increased questions with regard to how long United States Marines should stay in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(DC) Report on widening controversy with regard to Marine presence in Lebanon. File tape shown. Recent Pentagon report critical of Marine security in Lebanon mentioned. Alternative suggestions to keeping Marines in Lebanon said to come in wake of Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale's call for removal of troops; comments said to come from former officials of Ford and Carter admins. [Former Defense Secretary James SCHLESINGER - comments.] [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - comments.] House Speaker Tip O'Neill's call of meeting among Democratic leaders mentioned.

(Studio) Actor Charlton Heston's comments during visit to Mideast with regard to his role in film "The Ten Commandments" quoted. Purpose of trip said to boost morale of Marines.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

Dean, Morton;
Faw, Bob;
Ferrugia, John;
Ford, Sam

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