NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 16, 1990
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(Studio: Jane Pauley) Despite Iraq returning territory and prisoners of war taken during Iran-Iraq war, Iran reported still not ally; Iranian statement quoted regarding Iraqi occupation of Kuwait and United States presence in Saudi Arabia. Report introduced.
(Pentagon: Fred Francis) President Bush's options to protect or rescue Americans in Kuwait detailed; possibility of desert offensive force moving into Kuwait mentioned; Bush noted not signing blockade orders while Jordan's King Hussein visiting; activation of reserves and National Guard reported imminent; cost mentioned.
(Studio: Jane Pauley) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Pentagon reported finding troops ill- equipped to fight in Third World battles; Ronald Reagan's defense spending legacy detailed. [Senators William COHEN, Sam NUNN - comment.] Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney's cutting of defense programs despite Persian Gulf crisis detailed. [Representative Les ASPIN - compares cold war needs to current needs.]