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Iraq-US Relations / Weapons Inspections / Road to War #714685

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 18, 2002
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(Washington: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Ron Allen) The return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq featured; details given of suspected weapons sites, including President Saddam Hussein’s palaces; scenes shown of the inspectors arriving in Baghdad. [Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans BLIX†- says we are here to ensure that there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.] [Former U.N. weapons inspector David KAY†- comments on the inspectors’ effectiveness against world-class cheaters.] [Iraqi parliament member Mohammed al-ADHAMI†- says we hope there will be no troublemakers.]

(Washington: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The conflict within President Bush’s cabinet over the use of diplomacy in dealing with Iraq featured; details given about infighting between Secretary of State Colin Powell and Vice President Dick Cheney over Bush’s decision to work with the U.N. [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comments on Iraq’s shooting at US planes in the no-fly zones.] [“Bush at War” author Bob WOODWARD†- says the intensity of the feelings isn’t going away.] [In August, CHENEY – says the return of inspectors will not ensure Iraq’s compliance.] [At the U.N. in September, BUSH – says we will work with the U.N. Security Council.] [Former National Security Advisor Gen. Brent SCOWCROFT†- says the president is the only decision-maker.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Allen, Ron;
Mitchell, Andrea

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