NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 19, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) "Operation Nimble Archer" attack reported US destruction of Iranian platform discussed; details given, scenes shown. US order to evacuate platform before ensuing destruction quoted. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - says the oil rig was the most appropriate target because it had been used to mount radar surveillance, launch small boat attacks against nonbelligerent ships and to fire upon United States military helicopters.] Geography of area graphically shown.[Mil. analyst Geoffrey KEMP - says hitting a more significant target would have made allies nervous.] Policy of restraint said will be cast aside if Iran strikes again. United States official's comment that US prepared for war quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iranian television video shown of retaliation threats. [Iranian United Nations ambassador Said RAJAIE-KHORASSANI - says his country condemns all acts of aggression and United States has opened war with Iran.] President Reagan's comment that Iran should suffer no illusions regarding United States military abilities quoted. Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) [REAGAN - says we are not in a war with Iran because even they are not that stupid.] Pvt. concern over increase hostilities noted. [Vice President George BUSH - says irrational as Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini is, maybe he will get the message now.] [Admiral William CROWE - says he predicts more hostile activity.] White House assertion of last spring that Iranian encounters would be risk-free reviewed. [WEINBERGER - says Iran would not want to take the consequences of trying to harm us.] [Middle East analyst Judith KIPPER - says attacking platforms is not going to push Iran to the negotiating table.] Congress support and disagreement noted. [Senator John GLENN - says we do not want another Vietnam situation.] [Senator William BROOMFIELD - says all the Democrats have to do is pass a resolution discontinuing activity in Persian Gulf and they will see how the American people would disapprove.] [Senator Strom THURMOND - says US involvement has reached a stage from whence there is no turning back.] Belief that there is indeed no turning back mentioned.