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Iraq Invasion of Kuwait / Blockade / United States Budget, Economy #576724

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 13, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush and Saudi Arabian King Fahd reported rejecting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's offer of terms for negotiation; Americans escaping from Kuwait and Saudi Arabian call for OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting mentioned. Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Fred Francis) Pentagon coordination of naval blockade against all shipments to and from Iraqi examined; nations involved in blockade listed; Pentagon noted waiting for answer from USSR ; expected boarding of Iraqi freighter heading for Suez Canal and port of Aqaba, Jordan, reported; importance of road from Aqaba to Baghdad, Iraq, noted. US troop movements detailed; scenes shown from Savannah, Georgia. Israel, concerned with being drawn into conflict, reported requesting shipment of United States arms.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(USS Independence: Rick Davis) Aircraft carrier USS Independence reported guarding Strait of Hormuz along with other warships in Gulf of Oman; details given of defensive capabilities; scenes shown. [SAILOR, PILOT - comment on their purpose.] [Carrier group commander Rear Admiral Jerry UNRUH - tells sailors of chemical weapons concern.] Chemical warfare suit shown. [SAILORS - comment on their job.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kennebunkport: John Cochran) Bush reported interrupting Kennebunkport, ME, vacation to return to Washington, DC, for Gulf and budget briefings; aides quoted regarding purpose of return; White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater quoted on cost of defense against Hussein.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Kennebunkport: John Cochran) White House position on Defense Department budget mentioned; details given.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Administration officials reported saying avoidance of recession will be more difficult given oil price rises and military costs from Persian Gulf crisis; details given of sluggish economy. [Council of Economic Advisers chairman Michael BOSKIN - comments.] General Motors Corporation noted furloughing more workers. [Representative Lee HAMILTON, CONSUMER - comment.] Question of what to tax noted; scenes shown of Chevron's chairman taking abusive calls on radio show.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Kuwait's embassy in Washington reported saying Iraq stole from central bank of Kuwait during invasion. Scenes shown of American service personnel kissing loved ones good-bye in Bethesda, Maryland.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Davis, Rick;
Francis, Fred;
Mitchell, Andrea

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