CNN Evening News for Sunday, Feb 16, 2003
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(Studio: Carol Lin) A "New York Times" report on Iraq’s war plan reviewed. Live interview held with US Air force retired Gen. George Harrison about how US troops will prepare for Iraq’s defensive strategy. [HARRISON – calls Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s plan to starve his own people and burn his oil fields a defeatist plan; says the US can find and take out fixed positions; talks about responding to chemical & biological warfare, possibly with nuclear weapons; comments on NATO’s decision to support Turkey.]
(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.
(White House: Dana Bash) The administration’s adherence to its hard-line stance on Iraq featured; details given about the rift in the U.N. caused by the refusal of key European allies to back down on their opposition to military action. [From “Meet the Press,” National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE – says calling for more time plays into Saddam’s hand.] [French ambassador to US Jean-David LEVITTE- says move on with weapons inspections as long as they produce results.] [German ambassador to US Wolfgang ISCHINGER- says it is not wrong to explore every possible method to resolve the issue.] The US/British push for a U.N. resolution authorizing use of force noted. [British ambassador to US Christopher MEYER- says we are confident of getting a second U.N. resolution.]