CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 18, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Pentagon: David Martin) President Bush's threat to send warplanes to Iraq if Iraqi President Saddam Hussein does not comply with United Nations cease- fire requirements featured; scenes shown of planes on alert at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Iraq's interference with United Nations inspection flights and need for United States escort planes mentioned. [In Grand Canyon, Arizona, BUSH - says Hussein knows better than to take on the US.] Plans to send Patriot air defense missiles to protect Saudi air bases noted. [Defense Secretary Dick CHENEY - says Defense Department is planning for contingencies.] [National Security Adviser Brent SCOWCROFT - says there has been no execute order and if Hussein complies there won't need to be an execute order.] [Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations Abdul Amir al-ANBARI - says if anyone would like to reach a constructive agreement it is possible.] June 28, 1991, scenes shown of United Nations inspectors being barred from visiting probable Iraqi nuclear weapons site.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Discussion held with retired Air Force chief of staff General Michael Dugan about proposed United Nations escort operation. [DUGAN - comments on aircraft likely to be used; says Bush means to maintain his credibility; adds that ground forces in Iraq are modest.]
(Studio: Dan Rather; Tel Aviv: Bob Simon; Damascus, Syria: Allen Pizzey) Israeli reaction to Bush's proposal and its effect on Middle East peace conference analyzed. Desire of Arab leaders to see Hussein humiliated noted.