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Panama / Noriega Issue / United States Role #320600

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 01, 1988
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Reagan administration reported sending United States troops to Panama due to escalating instability. Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) Reagan administration reported considering plan to depose Panamanian general Manuel Antonio Noriega; details given, scenes shown of military personnel arriving in Panama. State Department noted proposing plan after opposition leaders and journalists were beaten and jailed. Secretary of State George Shultz noted supporting plan while Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci and Admiral William Crowe mentioned opposing it. Presence of military in 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon recalled; scenes shown. [Ex-Pentagon official Noel KOCH - comments on Shultz's views on using force.] Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams noted indicating economy sanctions not enough to oust Noriega. Pentagon official quoted with regard to plan. Pentagon and State Department officials noted agreeing that more troops necessary in Panama to protect Americans

(Studio: Bob Schieffer; DC: David Martin) Likelihood of thousands more troops being sent to Panama discussed.

Martin, David;
Schieffer, Bob

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