NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 17, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Admin.'s effort to counter growing public criticism of President Reagan's arms deals with Iran examined; scenes shown. [REAGAN - cites halt to shipments.] Secret order signed by President in January said allowing him to sell more arms to Iran at any time without disclosing decision. Senator Barry Goldwater's criticism of sales quoted on screen; criticism of national security adviser John Poindexter and chief of staff Don. Regan for their roles said intensifying. [Senator Dan. MOYNIHAN - notes such comedy of errors is result of amateurs conducting foreign policy.] [Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - agrees.] President's crumbling foreign policy, include Iceland summit, Poindexter's disinformation campaign against Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi, Nicholas Daniloff affair and now Iranian arms sales, discussed. Public method of dealing with controversy by Secys. Defense and State described. [REAGAN - denies firing anyone.] [REGAN - claims Shultz expressed his opinion.]