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Contras #314523

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 27, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan's past support for Contra effort to overthrow Nicaraguan government and actual status of rebels examined; details given, scenes shown. [Feb. 21, 1985, REAGAN - hopes to oust Sandinistas.] [Feb. 5, assistant secretary state Elliott ABRAMS - denies administration believes Contras can win mil. victory.] Factors underlying administration's new attitude considered. [November 19, 1986, REAGAN - hopes to pressure Sandinista government into negotiations with Contras.] Changes in Sandinista regime since United States backing of Contras began described. [President Dan. ORTEGA - (thru translator) claims United States war against Nicaragua justifies government's state of emergency.] [Teo CANO - (thru translator) explains negative impact of Contras on their lives.] Abrams' role in administration's Contra policy considered. [Feb. 5, ABRAMS - expects victory in 2-4 years] [Senator Dan EVANS - recalls same argument was used in Vietnam.] [September 21, 1966, President Lyndon JOHNSON - sees end to Vietnam war.] Nicaragua scenes shown.

Rather, Dan

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