CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 18, 1984
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(Studio) Bombing of Marine headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, last year recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Circumstances of bombing reviewed, questions raised by incident discussed; films shown. [President REAGAN - won't withdraw Marines while mission remains.] Marine pullout four mos. later recalled. [REAGAN - claims Lebanon has rebuilt its army.] Disintegration of Lebanese army shortly after President's remarks reviewed; President Amin Gemayel's lack of power described as limited to presidential palace. [Former president Camille CHAMOUN - thinks nothing came out of experience.] Lebanon's current economy status, Syria's continued role despite United States motives discussed. [REAGAN - calls for preventing Syrian takeover.] [Banker Elias SABA - notes Syria has taken over at cost of US lives.] Lebanon mentioned finally having strong leader in person of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. [Restaurant owner Henry HADDAD - notes resistance to accepting reality of fact that Syria kicked United States out of Lebanon.] [Former ambassador to US, Charles MALIK - attributes American failure in region to lack of experience.] [SABA - feels United States made mistake in Lebanon.] Similarity between United States failures in Lebanon and Vietnam considered. [REAGAN - doesn't want to tell slain Marines they wasted their sacrifice.] [MALIK - believes Marines died in vain.] [CHAMOUN - agrees.]
REPORTER: Bob Simon