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Iraq-US Relations / War Talk / France / Oil Prices #720328

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 24, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The administration’s insistence that it has evidence that Iraq is maintaining a weapons program featured; details given about what the U.N. weapons inspectors are expected to say in their report to the Security Council. [Undersecretary of state for arms control John BOLTON†, State Department spokesman Richard BOUCHER†- suggest Iraq is hiding weapons.] [State Department Ambassador Richard HAASS†- says we will gradually make more of our case public.] [Senator Carl LEVIN†- says the intelligence does not justify a unilateral attack.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White House: Campbell Brown) President Bush’s attempt to build a case for war in the absence of a “smoking gun” featured; details given about the administration’s campaign through documents, articles & speeches to convince the world that the evidence against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is already overwhelming. [Foreign policy analyst Michael O’HANLON†- says the absence of a smoking gun is hurting the ability to enlist international public opinion.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – comments on Saddam’s unacceptable behavior.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Results of French public opinion poll on war with Iraq cited.

(Paris: Keith Miller) A Listening Post investigation of views in France on war with Iraq presented; details given of the French focus on fighting terrorism and of their oil interests in Iraq. [Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – says France & Germany are the “old Europe.”] [French political columnist Bernard GUETTA†- says this is a difficult political debate between Europe & America.] [French 3 Television foreign editor Christian MALARD†- says the main thing to fight against is terrorism.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) A rise in oil prices after reports that Saddam is willing to torch his oil fields if there is a war noted.

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The possible consequences on the home front if Saddam burns his oil fields described.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Brown, Campbell;
Miller, Keith;
Miklaszewski, Jim

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