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Lebanon #295351

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Conflicting administration statements on purpose of United States shelling of Lebanon examined; political pressure from White House thought responsible for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's decision to speed up withdrawal of Marines from Beirut airport despite his and Joint Chiefs of Staff opposition to plan. [Feb. 9, 1984, WEINBERGER - explains original schedule.] White House alteration of later plan developed by Weinberger at President Reagan's request outlined on screen, discussed. Navy Secretary John Lehman's recent claim that United States firepower is used in support of Lebanese army said contradicted later by Pentagon spokesperson Michael Burch. [BURCH - denies fire is provided in support of Lebanese.] Lehman's later effort to back off from statement said still leaving Marine spokesperson in Beirut making same claim; details outlined on screen. Issue of target of US artillery discussed. (Machine failure from 5:30:50 to 5:31:00.)
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) Lebanese army's major defeat by Druse militia in Shouf mts. detailed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) 1st Lebanese air force action in several mos. near here today examined; Red Cross relief effort in Beirut discussed. Films shown. [Corporal Joseph HARGROVE - hopes for serious Valentine.] Monotony of Marine life here noted.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

Fenton, Tom;
Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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