NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 02, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) White House conference on drug abuse featured. Educ. Secretary William Bennett reported proposing United States military be used to eradicate drug ctrs. in Latin American Report introduced.
(DC: Fred Francis) Bennett's proposal noted made on premise that war on drugs already lost. [BENNETT - explains proposition.] '86 Bolivian operation mentioned; scenes shown. Pentagon role outlined. White House officials noted asserting Bennett's speech trial balloon. [New York City Mayor Ed KOCH - comments on situation.] Mil. drug eradication plan illustration Customs officials reported requesting government allow armed planes just as Coast Guard has firearm capability. Pentagon officials quoted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, BENNETT - denies proposal being trial balloon and discusses plan; urges stronger education programs but recognizes losing effort against drug traffickers; mentions Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci.]
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